Pre-Packed for Direct Sale Labelling: Updated Allergen Requirements
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over everything recently. The hospitality industry has been on hold for nearly 4 months due to lockdown. However, the deadline for the implementation of the new pre-packed for direct sale labelling is still looming.
Natasha’s Law, also known as the amended Food Information Regulations, is bringing about important changes to food businesses. Especially if you are offering pre-packed for direct sale food to your customers. New requirements mean that pre-packed for direct sale food labelling needs to include full ingredients and allergens. Enforcement of the labelling requirements won’t start until October 1st 2021, but food businesses need to start preparing. After all, failing to plan means you’re planning to fail. Time flies in the hospitality industry and food businesses can’t afford further setbacks on top of Covid 19.
As a food business owner, this may seem like the last thing you want to be thinking about at the moment. After all, many food businesses have only just re-opened or are still in the process of re-opening. There is also a lot of new Government guidance that needs complying with in order to stay
But with the
FSA guidance on pre-packed for direct sale labelling now finalised, the clock is ticking. Determine Which Foods Are Pre-Packed For Direct Sale
First up is to determine if any foods you’re selling are pre-packed for direct sale or not. By pre-packed for direct sale, we mean foods you make in house and then wrap and sell to customers. If there is only a small amount of pre-packed for direct sale foods, it may be easier to remove these items from your food offering. If you want to keep your pre-packed for direct sale offering, you need to implement the new labelling requirements.
Pre-Packed For Direct Sale Labelling Requirements Aren’t As Straightforward As You May First Think
Labelling pre-packed for direct sale foods with a full list of ingredients and allergens highlighted may seem simple.
But, what happens if you vary your ingredients? What about if a supplier substitutes an ingredient on delivery or you are a national company focused on using local suppliers in each of your locations? There is also the chance that a food handler changes a set recipe without informing anyone. All of these scenarios can result in changes to your pre-packed for direct sale food labelling, and in particular, the allergen content.
You will also have to familiarise yourself with food labelling requirements as well as how food allergen information has to be presented on the label for the customer. There are legally prescribed methods for both these processes and you will need to make sure you are compliant with
all labelling requirements, not just the ones relating to allergens. Quite the potential minefield! Help And Guidance From The STS Food Safety Team
Fortunately, our expert STS consultants are here to help! We’ve great expertise in this area and can help guide you through the process. Whether it’s training for your team or help with getting labelling right, if you would like to discuss your food allergy management requirements, please get in touch using the form to the right or contact us on 08450 50 40 60!