The Government has introduced new legislation, referred to as ‘Natasha’s Law’ which requires all pre-packed for direct sale food, to have ingredient and allergen information provided on the label from 1st October 2021.
This change follows the tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from an allergic reaction caused by a baguette which did not require allergen labelling at the time.
This law requires us to provide a full list of ingredients, in weight order, with the 14 declarable allergens emphasised on the product label. These products will include pre-packed sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads and dessert pots.
Our team have been working hard over the last year to ensure we are ready for the changes in October.
We have worked with our suppliers to link ingredient and allergen information from their manufacturers database to our online recipe manager system Pabunet. This information then links to our schools, to enable us to produce our labels from live data each day.
We will be running our mandatory Natasha’s Law online training program for all our teams in July, with refresher training planned for when the system goes live in the Autumn term.
If you have any questions, concerns or you would like more information, please do get in touch.