Natasha’s Law is now a legal requirement since October 1st 2021, for all pre-packed food for direct sale.
An estimated 2 million people are diagnosed with food allergies in the UK. On average, ten people in Britain die every year from food-induced allergic reactions.
This new legislation has been introduced to protect them.
Natasha’s Law will have a huge impact on the food industry and mitigating costs will be high if it isn’t taken seriously.
The law states, any food business must clearly label all foods packed and produced on their premises with a complete list of ingredients and allergens.
This legislation has now been legally enforced under Natasha’s law.
Penalties from the Trading Standards and Environmental Health departments can be devastating to small businesses, not just in fines but the cost of recalls and lost reputations.
What businesses are affected by Natasha's Law?
Food outlets selling pre-packed for direct sale e.g. packaged food on premises for grab and go
If you currently run a food business – eat-in, takeaway or packaging it is vital that any information regarding allergens is transparent. Verbal communication alone will no longer be sufficient. Correct labelling and clearly listing ingredients will protect your business and your customers from avoidable, unnecessary risks.