New legislation will be introduced by the end of this summer that will make it mandatory for a full list of ingredients to appear on any food pre-packed for direct sale.
The reforms cover labelling requirements on foods that are prepared and packed on the same premises from which they are sold – such as a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase.
Currently, these foods are not required to carry labels, and allergen information need only be given in person if asked for by a consumer.
The new laws will come into force by summer 2021, giving businesses time to adapt to the change.
Why do all ingredients have to appear on food labels of pre-packaged food?
The change in law follows the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered an allergic reaction to ingredients in a Pret-a-Manger baguette. It follows a consultation that started in January, which received overwhelming support from consumers for full ingredients labelling – more than 70% of individuals backed this option.
What do I need to do differently?
It is imperative that people who suffer from allergies or food sensitivities can trust that their food is safe for them to eat. Food businesses across the country need to take steps to include the information on their food labels and better support their customers.
In the first instance, talk to My Purchasing Partner to discuss how this new law will impact your business and understand what you need to do to prepare for its implementation. Where possible, we are encouraging all customers to adhere to the legislation sooner rather than later.
Should you have any questions or need labels, please call our proactive, experienced team on 0800 121 6440 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.