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 as of the most recent updates. It also explains the new upcoming legislation on food labelling, which is known as Natasha’s Law. 


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, which is due to come into force in 2021, will require businesses to label the food with a full list of ingredients for all food they make on the premises, such as sandwiches.