Natasha's Law - School Meals
In October 2021, the UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha's Law, will come into effect and will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale on the premises.
This new legislation has come into effect following the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse in 2016, who had an allergic reaction to a baguette containing sesame that did not require allergen labelling.
What will change?
The legislation will require businesses to clearly label products for direct sale with the product name, a full ingredients list and all allergen information. Information provided on each product will include the 14 allergens listed in food information law as well as other ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
Foods that the legislation will apply to include items packed at on the same premises that they are offered to consumers such as sandwiches, wrapped deli counter goods and boxed salads. It can also apply to food products that customers choose themselves, as well as pre-wrapped products behind a servery counter, mobile or temporary outlet.
Any food not in packaging when it is ordered is not required to be labelled.