New legislation

1. Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 (Natasha’s Law)

From the 1 October 2021 it's a legal requirement that ‘pre-packed for direct sale’ (PPDS) foods are labelled with:

  • the name of the food
  • a full list of ingredients
  • all allergens in the ingredients list, including eggs, fish, milk, etc

PPDS is food which is packaged at the same place it's offered or sold to customers, and is in this packaging before it's ordered or selected. It can include:

  • food that customers select themselves. For example, from a display unit
  • products kept behind a counter
  • some food sold at mobile or temporary outlets

Examples of PPDS include:

  • sandwiches and bakery products packed on site before a customer selects or orders them
  • burgers and sausages pre-packed by a butcher on the premises ready for sale to customers
  • foods packaged and then sold elsewhere by the same operator at a market stall or mobile site
  • food provided in schools, care homes or hospitals and other similar settings
  • food pre-packed on site ready for sale. For example, pizzas, rotisserie chicken, salads and pasta pots

You can find more information, including sector specific guidance and staff training materials, on the following websites: