‘Natasha’s Law’ was enacted yesterday (5 September), which will require businesses to include full ingredients labelling on direct sale foods, and will go into force in October 2021.
Following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the government confirmed stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy.
A Statutory Instrument was laid in parliament yesterday tightening the rules by requiring these foods to carry a full list of ingredients – known as ‘Natasha’s Law’.
Currently, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information on the label, meaning allergy sufferers sometimes lack confidence buying food to eat whilst they are out.
Food businesses across the country have already taken steps to improve food labelling and outlets are being urged to do all they can ahead of the implementation date to help consumers make safe food choices.
Zac Goldsmith, food minister, said: “This is a significant moment for the millions of allergy sufferers in England and a fitting tribute to Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse’s tireless campaigning.
“The introduction of this law will make it easier for allergy sufferers to make clear, safe choices when buying food.”
The family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, added: “This is a hugely significant day for allergy sufferers in this country.
“The introduction of Natasha’s Law brings greater transparency about what people are buying and eating, lays down new standards for the food companies, and highlights the battle against the growing epidemic of allergies.”