Allergen labelling changes coming October 2021
New guidance for food businesses ahead of rule changes for prepacked food for direct sale
From 1 October 2021, all food prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) must be labelled with ingredient and allergen information. As this date approaches, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have released new detailed guidance to help businesses prepare for the changes.
The guidance provides detailed information on what food businesses are required to provide on the packaging of the PPDS food they sell.
It also includes information on the legislative labelling requirements, as well as related information that the producers of PPDS food will find helpful such as Quantitative Ingredient Declaration (QUID), multipacks, food additives and flavouring and the responsibilities of food businesses and suppliers.
To support food businesses with these changes, the FSA will host a webinar on 4 August at 14:00.
The webinar will explain allergen labelling changes, help you identify if it affects what you or your members do, share guidance and tools to support you and answer your questions.
The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), along with the FSA in NI are hosting a webinar for Northern Ireland Food businesses on 12 August at 10:00.
The webinar will help food businesses understand the labelling changes and ensure that they are compliant before the new rules come into effect on 1 October 2021.
The FSA has also designed sector-specific guides to provide further information on PPDS for different types of food businesses.
The guides have been produced to address issues specific to following different sectors:
- restaurants, cafés and pubs
- fast food and takeaways
- mobile sellers and street food vendors
- schools, colleges and nurseries
This new detailed guidance is in addition to existing FSA resources, such as:
- Introduction to allergen labelling changes
- quick guide to allergen labelling changes (PDF, 1.5MB)
- allergen and ingredients food labelling tool
- Food Standards Agency food allergy online training (updated with new rules)
First published 9 July 2021