Food allergies affect around two million people in the UK and when people suffering with intolerances and coeliac disease are also factored in, that figure is even higher.

Businesses that provide foods prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) are facing major changes to the way they are required to provide information about their food products, with the introduction of the new legislation – Natasha's Law

New Regulation - Natasha's Law

Natasha’s Law is scheduled to be enforced by summer 2021. This new piece of legislation is the result of a UK-wide consultation by DEFRA and the FSA following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to sesame that was intentionally present in a Pret a Manger baguette.

Natasha’s Law specifically states that all foods sold PPDS must carry full ingredient listing, with allergens emphasised. This will bring challenges to food businesses, particularly those that alter their recipes on a regular basis.

Therefore, having robust controls in place and staff that have undergone full allergen training will be crucial to ensuring consumer safety and compliance with the new legislation.

Food Allergen Consultancy and Training for Food PPDS

RSSL’s Food Safety and Quality consultants are experts in the field of allergen management and risk assessment.

We are members of various industry bodies; providing knowledge and advice, as well as speaking extensively at international industry seminars and academic symposia.

Our expert team work extensively across the food manufacturing, retail, food service and hospitality sectors and have the specialist knowledge to support you in ensuring consumer safety and developing a team capable of navigating the complex requirements.

Our industry leading consultants can visit your site and will provide you with advice to meet your specific needs.

We can support you with:

  • Compliance requirements – how to ensure your business is meeting legal requirements and providing the correct information to your customers
  • Independent expert allergen risk analysis – including risk assessment, risk management and risk communication
  • A comprehensive range of site-based practical allergen training, to ensure your teams have the knowledge they need to keep your customers safe

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