A Guide to Food Labelling Regulations

October 12, 2018
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This guide to food labelling regulations includes information on the allergen, nutrition, and organic labelling requirements in the UK. It also explains Natasha’s Law, a new food labelling legislation created after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse had a fatal allergic reaction.

Allergen Labelling

When a pre-packaged food item contains any of the 14 named allergens the allergenic ingredients must be emphasised on the food packaging label, such as in bold. It must be located in a single place to make it easy to identify.

Currently, all foods produced and packed on the premises, such as those sold in delis and cafés, do not require labelling on packaging, provided that customers are informed that they can ask about allergens. However, Natasha’s Law, requires businesses to label the food with a full list of ingredients for all food they make on the premises, such as sandwiches.