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Natasha’s Law – What happens if I get it wrong…

The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law, comes into effect from 1 October 2021 and will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale (PPDS) on the premises. The legislation is being introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Businesses failing to follow the new rules could face a fine of up to £5,000 per offence. But more importantly:

  • the damage to your businesses reputation if a serious allergy incident occurs, which is almost impossible to calculate
  • you could cause injury or illness to one of your customers, which ultimately could be fatal, due to your lack of knowledge or worse negligence

How can you prepare your businesses to ensure compliance?

Natasha’s Law will apply to any food business operator, regardless of its size, who make food in the same place it is offered or sold to consumers and is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected.

It can include food that consumers select themselves (e.g., from a display unit), as well as products kept behind a counter and some food sold at mobile or temporary outlets (market stalls – kiosks).

This could be problematic for small businesses who may incur substantial expenses to train their staff, establish a database of ingredients and implement a labelling system to adhere to the requirements of the regulations.

So, how can businesses ensure compliance?

Sign-up to CaterCloud it is FREE to use and gives you:

  • Access to 1000’s of ingredients for instant upload
  • A free upload template to share with your suppliers, allowing you to take control and upload 1000’s of ingredients at once
  • Easy to navigate dashboard and system
  • Live QR Codes to share your menus, nutritional and allergen information with your customers
  • Access to industry leading allergy awareness training at competitive rates
  • Integration with industry leading label applications like Planglow’s LABEL LOGIC LIVE and Daymarks MENU PILOT
  • And there are no expensive data handling charges.

Let Catercloud help you manage your costs and assist with compliance all for FREE.

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Published on July 8th, 2021

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