FSA updates allergen guidance to reflect changes to labelling laws

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Updated technical guidance follows changes to food allergen labelling which come into effect from October 2021

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published updated technical guidance for allergen labelling following changes for prepacked for direct sale food. These changes complement existing labelling rules on providing allergen information to consumers.

The new allergen labelling rules, which are now enshrined in legislation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will come into effect from 1 October 2021.

The updated technical guidance will help businesses and enforcement authorities understand the new requirements which apply to food known as prepacked for direct sale (PPDS), which is packaged onsite by a business before a customer selects or orders it from the same premises.

The rules will require PPDS food to have a label with an ingredients list and the allergens contained emphasised on the list. This brings the way allergen information is provided for it in line with other prepacked food and reduces consumer confusion.

Read the updated technical guidance and find out more about the new allergen labelling rules for food businesses coming into effect in October 2021.

The publication of the amended guidance follows a consultation which was conducted earlier this year. The FSA has made available the summary of the responses received to the consultation.

First published 19 June 2020

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