Published: 28 June 2019 by Hannah Price
“Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP has announced that he is backing the FSA’s recommendation to implement a full ingredient list on all pre-packaged foods for direct sale. The legislation, also known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, after the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after eating a sandwich from Pret a Manger, will come into force Summer 2021.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:
“Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse have been an inspiration in their drive to protect food allergy sufferers and deliver Natasha’s Law. These changes will make food labels clear and consistent and give the country’s two million food allergy sufferers confidence in making safe food choices.”
The Government has confirmed that the new legislation will be introduced by the end of the summer 2019. The legislation will come into force by summer 2021. This will give operators a chance to understand the new requirements and adapt their operations in order to incorporate the new legislation.
Allergy UK CEO Carla Jones said:
“We are delighted with the news that Defra’s labelling review backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food. This move towards full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food will improve the lives of the allergic customer and it is warmly welcomed here at Allergy UK.”
The Government is urging Food businesses across the country to improve food labelling and outlets are being urged to do all they can ahead of the implementation date to help consumers make safe food choices.”
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