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Gloucestershire health officers advise on new allergy labelling

Environmental health officers in Gloucestershire are working with local businesses to help them comply with new allergy labelling.

A new law named after a teenager who died on a British Airways flight from a severe allergic reaction comes into force in just a few weeks' time.

From 1st October 2021, the requirements for pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.

Stroud District Council has announced that its environmental health team will be offering businesses advice on what they need to do.

Councillor Chris Brine, chair of SDC Community Services and Licensing committee, said: "It's important businesses review this information for their food labelling to ensure it covers the name of the food and the ingredients list which covers all allergenic ingredients.

"Our Environmental Health team is working hard to help and support local businesses with any information they may need. Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new rules."

Natasha's Law is named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who, at the age of 15, died from a severe allergic reaction.

Natasha had a sesame allergy and was did not know that the sandwich she bought from Pret A Manger had sesame seeds baked into the bread.

The new labelling is aimed to protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on packaging.

Pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) is food which is packaged at the same place that it is offered or sold to consumers and is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected. Any business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.

The Food Standards Agency has produced an allergen and ingredients labelling tool at www.food.gov.uk/allergen-labelling-changes-for-prepacked-for-direct-sale-ppds-food

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