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Natasha’s Law is introduced to protect allergy sufferers across the country. The new legislation means full ingredients labelling will be required on foods prepared and sold on the same premises.

Following the tragic death of 15 year old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse in 2016, who died of anaphylaxis after eating a baguette from an international sandwich shop chain, the Government confirmed stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with allergies and give them confidence when buying food. 

 

The coroner who looked into Natasha’s death said she had been “reassured” by the lack of specific allergen information on the packaging. The product was prepared and sold at the same premises and so legally required no labelling under UK or EU law.

Natasha’s parents, Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, launched a charity in memory of their daughter aiming to establish a research centre to find a cure for allergies and have campaigned for the change in the food labelling rules. They said they were “delighted” about the introduction of ‘Natasha’s law’.

 

 

Out of four options, including ‘ask the staff’ labelling on products, the government says it “received overwhelming support from consumers for full ingredients labelling, with more than 70% of individuals backing this option.”

With the new law, food businesses are now required to include full ingredients labelling on food that is prepared on the same premises in which it is sold. 

Before the law was introduced, pre-packed directly for sale foods were not required to have product labels, and if asked by consumers then the allergen information would be given in person by the food business. This meant allergy suffers would sometimes lack confidence when buying food to eat whilst out. The new legislation will tighten the rules; giving allergy suffers greater trust in the food they buy.


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The Chair of the Food Standards Agency Heather Hancock said:

“The impact of food allergy and intolerance on quality of life can be as great as or even greater than almost all other foodborne diseases.”

“Whilst it’s impossible to eliminate the risks entirely, we believe this change will mean better protection for allergic consumers.”

What my business needs to know

The new legislation covers labelling requirements for foods that are prepared and packed on the same premises from which they are sold- such as packaged sandwiches or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase. Natasha’s Law will come into effect in October 2021, giving businesses a transition period to prepare for the new rules. Until this date, the current EU regulations remain in place. 

The changes will first apply to businesses in England, with similar arrangements expected to follow to provide a UK wide approach.

Your business needs to start preparing for the law now; the Barcode Warehouse can help your business get ready before the legal date to help protect consumers.



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You must indicate your allergens within your ingredients list. It is a common misconception that allergens must be highlighted in bold. Natasha’s law increases the scope of the EU Food Information to Consumers Regulations and as such can be highlighted in any of the following methods;

Bold, Italic, UPPERCASE, Colouredor any combination.

You must declare how you are highlighting your allergens in your ingredients list, whether at the start or the end of the list and must be in QUID (Quantitative Ingredient Declaration) order. Your ingredients must be legible to meet the minimum font size.

 

How can my business prepare for Natasha’s Law?

Implement technology. We have a variety of consumables, label printers (desktop and industrial) and software to allow your business to be compliant with Natasha’s Law.

 

Sato FX3-LX Label Printer

Great for food labelling software: software to print allergens clearly and eliminate errors.

The Sato FX3-LX is a 7-inch full colour touchscreen desktop label printer. Made for use in hygiene environments, it’s easy to clean, splash proof and has anti-bacterial casing. 

FX3-LX has the ability to automatically calculate and print best-before and use-by dates, allergens and secondary shelf-life compliance information for individual products and ingredients, based on its internal product database. The FX3-LX database is easily updated with data from a server via a USB memory stick, USB and LAN PC connection or automatically via WLAN, making sure data accuracy is maintained at all times and helps reduce food waste due to improper labelling. Features label usage tracking which allows the user to verify whether food safety procedures are being followed.

Reduce costs and save space by moving the portable device from the kitchen or back-office to the service floor, as and when required. FX3-LX prints high quality (305dpi), durable 3-inch labels as standard, without the need for a PC.

          

 

Brother TD-2000

Great for portability and versatility: also prints day dot labels and receipts.

The Brother TD-2000 desktop label printer range allows you to create professional labels for pricing, shelf edges and best before details, with the additional functionality of receipt printing. The TD-2000 bridges the gap between desktop and portable printing, allowing you to print from anywhere in the workplace with wireless printing options. With Smartphone and tablet connectivity, there’s no need to connect to a PC. Helpful touchscreen hotkeys make it easy to select the required information for different foods and produce the exact amount you need (1-99 from a single roll), without wasting any supplies.

 

          

 

Epson Colorworks C6000

Great for quality: high quality custom labels for impactful, on-demand colour labels.

The newest version of Epson’s Colorworks series, the C6000 prints either 4-inch or 8-inch labels with optional built-in peeler to optimise workflows. This label printer offers high quality, high resolution, four-colour print output as standard; along with colour matching functionality (ICC profile and spot colour matching tool) for impressive, impactful, on-demand colour labels.

ColorWorks inks are complaint with various benchmarks and frameworks including EU Regulation framework. These certify Epson inks as safe for food packaging and safe for contact in food.

 

          

 

Consumables

We’re the UK’s leading manufacturer of blank and custom-printed labels. From a variety of materials treated for specific environments, including the food industry, you’ll find all the labels you need from us. 

If you don’t have the capacity, people or the equipment to print your own labels, we offer a fast, flexible and 100% dependable Print Bureau service.

Printing direct from your data supplied we offer short lead times and can produce, print and despatch to meet your exact requirements.

 

          

 

For more information, email us at info@thebarcodewarehouse.co.uk  or alternatively call us on 0330 131 1111.

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