Allergen labelling laws have changed from today.
These changes affect pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) foods such as salads and sandwiches that customers select themselves as well as pre-wrapped foods kept behind a counter and some products packaged and sold at mobile or temporary outlets.
Introduced in the UK under the banner of Natasha’s Law, after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died from anaphylaxis after eating a Pet a Manger baguette which she didn’t know contained sesame, the rules have been extended to the island.
The food affected by the changes include food which is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers and is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected, but doesn’t affect any food that is not in packaging or is packaged after being ordered by the consumer. It also doesn’t include food sold by means of ‘distance selling’, that is food that can be bought over the phone or online.
The label needs to show the name of the food and the ingredients list with the 14 allergens required to be declared by law emphasised within it. These need to be in line with the legal requirements that apply to naming the food and listing ingredients.
Food businesses must inform you if they use any of the 14 allergens as ingredients in the food and drink they provide. This list has been identified by food law as the most potent and prevalent allergens.
The 14 allergens are:
- cereals containing gluten (such as barley and oats)
- crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs and lobsters)
- molluscs (such as mussels and oysters)
- sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at a concentration of more than ten parts per million) and
- tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts)