Understanding’ Natasha’s Law’: The UK Food Information Amendment

Understanding' Natasha's Law' The UK Food Information Amendment

Natasha’s Law is the latest amendment to UK food legislation that has been put into place to protect customers from the dangers of food allergies. The Law also intends to increase transparency within the food industry so businesses can better equip themselves to provide safe foods for customers with allergies.

This article will discuss some key points of Natasha’s Law and how businesses can comply with the new regulations.

 

What is Natasha’s Law?

The UK Food Information Amendment, commonly known as “Natasha’s Law,” is a food safety protocol that intends to protect people from potential food allergens and give them security in the food they buy. Natasha’s Law also intends to increase transparency within the food industry so businesses can provide safer foods for customers with allergies and protect both parties.

The Law is named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who tragically died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger sandwich she had bought at Heathrow Airport. The sandwich contained sesame seeds (she was allergic to them), which were not listed as an ingredient on the label.

Natasha’s Law requires all food businesses in the UK to list ingredients on prepackaged food and drinks that could cause an allergic reaction. This includes ingredients that are used as substitutes or replacements for other ingredients.

 

Allergen Labeling for Different Types of Food

Communicating allergen information to customers for different types of food can be done in various ways. However, we’ll look at two of the most common types: prepacked foods and Prepacked for Direct Sales.

 

Prepacked Foods

Prepacked foods involve foods that have been canned, bottled, or wrapped securely before being served to the customer. Under Natasha’s Law, an accurate list of ingredients must be present on the packaging of these foods. 

This list must be indented in a clear font and placed near the name or brand of the product. In addition, any allergens in the product ingredients list must be highlighted in some way that will make them easily visible to the consumer.

 

Prepacked for Direct Sales (PPDS)

PPDS refers to foods packaged in the same location as it’s provided or sold to consumers. It is commonly packaged before being ordered by the customer.

It can also include ingredients people choose for themselves, other items stored behind a counter, and some meals sold at temporary locations or via mobile vendors.

As with prepacked foods, allergen information must be present on the packaging of these foods. This list must be indented in a clear font and placed near the name or brand of the product. In addition, any allergens in the product ingredients list must be highlighted in some way that will make them easily visible to the consumer.

In addition, businesses are also required to provide allergen information verbally to customers upon request. This ensures that customers with food allergies can make informed decisions about the food they buy.

 

Examples of PPDF Foods

Below are some examples of PPDF foods according to the Food Standards Agency:

  • Fast food prepared before ordering, such as burgers
  • Sandwiches and baked goods are packed on premises before customers order them.
  • Burgers and sausages are packed on premises by a butcher for retail sale.
  • Prepackaged products like salads, pasta, rotisseries chicken, and pizzas.
  • Foods packaged by the same business will be sold at a different location, such as a market stall or food fair.
  • Food is served in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions.

 

Responsibilities of Food Businesses Under Natasha’s Law

Food businesses are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that the food they serve or sell is safe for human consumption. This includes the following:

Providing accurate information: food sellers are required to provide accurate food labeling and allergen information upon request. This information needs to be updated, especially when new recipes or ingredients change or when there’s a change in the manufacturing process.

  • Ensuring food safety: food businesses must take steps to prevent cross-contamination and ensure food is prepared in a safe and clean environment.
  • Training employees: all food handlers must be properly trained in food safety and allergen awareness. This is to ensure that they can handle food safely and correctly.
  • Communication with Suppliers: food sellers need to have good and consistent communication with their suppliers. The latter should also have legal obligations to provide the exact and full list of ingredients.

 

How DATAMYTE Can Help Comply with Natasha’s Law

If you want to comply and implement Natasha’s Law in your food business operations, you’ll need to create a workflow that you and your employees can follow. DATAMYTE can help you with this by providing a software solution that automates your food safety and quality processes.

The DataMyte Digital Clipboard, in particular, is a workflow automation software that lets you create a ‘Natasha’s Law Compliance Workflow’ for your business. This software is designed to help you manage and monitor your food safety and quality processes in real-time.

The process is as straightforward as it gets! All you need is to:

  1. Login to the DataMyte Digital Clipboard App.
  2. Click ‘Create Workflow’—Type New Workflow Name (for this one, you’ll name your workflow “Natasha’s Law Compliance Workflow.”
  3. Now, using our drag-and-drop feature, you can add the different tasks that need to be completed for your business to comply with Natasha’s Law.
  4. Add as many or as few tasks as you want—it’s entirely up to you!
  5. Once you’re done, simply click ‘Save Workflow,’ and you’re all set!

 

With Natasha’s Law Compliance workflow in place, you’ll be able to ensure that your food business complies with the Law. Not to mention, you’ll be able to streamline your food safety and quality processes. And making it easier for you and your employees to follow.

So what are you waiting for? Book a demo today and see the difference that DATAMYTE can make in your food business!

 

Conclusion

Natasha’s Law was implemented to improve food safety for consumers and businesses. If you want your food business to thrive without having to worry about potential customer disputes or lawsuits due to food allergens, then you need to ensure that you comply with the Law.

 

 

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