UK Legislation Update

Natasha’s Law – Allergen Labelling Changes for Pre-Packed Food for Direct Sale (PPDS)

From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The new labelling will help protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.

Any food business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list. Allergenic ingredients must be emphasised within this list.

This can include food that consumers select themselves, for example from a display unit, as well as products kept behind a counter, or some food sold at mobile or temporary outlets.

What is PPDS food?

Prepacked for direct sale or PPDS is food which is packaged at 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.

Examples of PPDS food

Prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food can include the following:

Sandwiches and bakery products which are packed on site before a consumer selects or orders them

Fast food packed before it is ordered, such as a burger under a hot lamp where the food cannot be altered without opening the packaging

Products which are prepackaged on site ready for sale, such as pizzas, rotisserie chicken, salads and pasta pots

Burgers and sausages prepackaged by a butcher on the premises ready for sale to consumers

Samples of cookies given to consumers for free which were packed on site

Foods packaged and then sold elsewhere by the same operator at a market stall or mobile site

PPDS food provided in schools, care homes or hospitals and other similar settings will also require labelling

What needs to be on the label?

The label needs to show the name of the food and the ingredients list with the 14 allergens required to be declared by law emphasised within it.

These need to be in line with the legal requirements that apply to naming the food and listing ingredients.

Food businesses must still ensure they comply with existing relevant food information and labelling requirements for the country they operate in.

How to meet the requirements

If your business sells or supplies PPDS food you need to take action before 1 October 2021 to comply with the law.

Businesses must check if they produce PPDS food and ensure they are ready to comply with the new requirements.

Watch the FSA webinar for more information

Learn more on PPDS from the FSA website

Food allergen labelling and information requirements Technical Guidance

Introduction to allergen labelling changes


Source: Food Standards Agency {}