Millions of allergy sufferers across the country will be protected by a new law laid in Parliament today which will require more foods to be labelled with allergen information.
The law, which doesn’t come into effect until October 2021, will require businesses to provide full ingredient and allergen labelling on foods which are pre-packed for direct sale.
The change in the law is the result of a UK-wide consultation which followed the tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, as a result of an allergic reaction to a baguette she had eaten which did not display allergen information on the packaging.
At present some foods which are made, packed and sold on the same premises are not required to show ingredient or allergy information on the product label.
A Statutory Instrument (SI) has been laid in Parliament extending labelling requirements which will allow people with food allergies and intolerances to make safe food choices.
The changes will apply in England, with similar arrangements expected to follow in the devolved nations to provide a UK wide approach to protecting consumers.
The FSA is developing a working interpretation of the types of food to which this legislation applies. This will be published on 1 October which will give food businesses a two-year transition period to prepare for the new requirements.