The amendment means that any food placed on the market on or after which is produced and wrapped before it is ordered must have a full ingredients declaration. The label must show any declarable allergens in a highlighted text. This could be in bold, or a different colour, as long as it is differentiated from the rest of the ingredients that are not allergens . There is a list of 14 allergens which are declarable. The list is in this article. The label must also have the name of the product on it.
What does this mean for me?
Imagine you are hungry and are allergic to mustard, one lunchtime. You go to the local sandwich shop and see a ham and salad sandwich in the chiller. It was made that morning, ready to go. You grab the sandwich and go to the counter. At the moment, (June 2021) you would have to ask an employee if the sandwich contains mustard and they should then be able to tell you if it does (probably by referring to a manual, or asking the chef). When Natasha’s law becomes law in October 1st October 2021, the information must be available on the label along with the other ingredients, but with allergens highlighted in some way. If you choose not to buy a sandwich which is “prepacked for direct sale” or PPDS and ask for it to be prepared fresh, the law does not change. You will have to tell the server that you have an allergy or ask if there is mustard in the sandwich.
There is guidance on the Food Standards Agency website and on the Scottish Food Standards Agency website.