Food hazard warnings are issued as foods sometimes have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.
You can create an account to get food and allergy alerts by email or text message. This is a free service.
Food business operators in the retail and catering sector are required to provide allergen information and follow labelling rules.
This means that food business operators must:
- provide allergen information to the consumer for both prepacked and non-prepacked food and drink.
- handle and manage food allergens effectively in food preparation.
- Food businesses must make sure that staff receive training on allergens.
On the Food Standards Agency website they have provided a detailed package of information to support businesses to understand the requirements including online training. Please use these links to make sure your business complies.
New Food Safety Legislation – Allergens (Natasha’s Law)
There is new food safety legislation regarding allergens which is being referred to as Natasha’s law. The new legislation come into force on 1st October 2023 and requires that specific allergen information be provided on Prepacked foods for Direct Sales (PPDS).
On their website the Food Standards Agency have provided a detailed package of information to support businesses to understand the requirements so please use this link to make sure your business complies.
You will find links to sector specific guidance for compliance and also additional e-learning for you and staff regarding managing allergens effectively.
Alternatively Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards Service will provide bespoke advice which can be requested by completing a business advice request form using this link.