ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the new allergen law that comes into force today.
From 1st October, any food that is prepared on site and pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) must be labelled with the name of the food and a full ingredients list.
Foods that are pre-packed for direct sale are packaged at the same place that they are offered for sale or sold to customers.
Examples of PPDS foods include:
- Sandwiches, wraps and rolls made and packed on site before being ordered
- Bakery products packed on site before being ordered
- Burgers, sausages, steaks etc prepacked by a butcher on the premises ready for sale
- Salads, rotisserie chicken, pasta pots and other similar products prepared and packed on site
ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Customer safety is a key priority for local shops and we have continued to work with convenience retailers over the two-year implementation period to ensure that they are prepared for the introduction of the new law on allergens.”
ACS has developed a one-page explainer for local shops to help them prepare for the introduction of Natasha’s Law, the explainer is available here.
If you have any questions on Natasha’s Law, please contact Lydia.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.