New guide to allergen labelling changes

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Access quick guidance to find out how new labelling laws will affect your business and what you need to do to be ready

From October 2021, new food labelling laws for prepacked for direct sale food (PPDS) will be introduced. These laws will require PPDS food to have the name of the food and a full ingredients list with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.

The changes will help protect food hypersensitive consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.

To help businesses prepare for the new laws, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new quick guide to allergen labelling changes.

This guide:

  • aims to help businesses check if they sell or supply PPDS food
  • provides an introduction to the new labelling requirements
  • offers a decision tree to help support food businesses identify if they will be affected by the changes and what they need to do to comply

You can also check if your business sells PPDS food with the FSA's allergen and ingredients food labelling tool.

Over the next few months, the FSA will be sharing sector-specific guides with further information for different types of food businesses. These have been produced with input from industry specialists and will provide tailored guidance to butchers, bakeries and sandwich shops, restaurants, fast food and takeaways and more.

Find further information for businesses affected by PPDS.

First published 22 February 2021