FSA publishes updated allergen guidance to reflect changes to labelling laws in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

23 June 2020

Article: 54/2507

On 18 June 2020, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published updated technical guidance for allergen labelling, following changes to pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) food. This means food which is packaged on-site by a business, before a customer selects or orders it from the same premises, will be required to have a label with an ingredients list and the allergens contained emphasised. This brings the way allergen information is provided in-line with other pre-packed food, and aims to reduce consumer confusion.

The changes, which are now enshrined in legislation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will come into effect from 1 October 2021. The updated technical guidance reflects the legislative changes and aims to support businesses and enforcement authorities in understanding the new requirements.

Source: FSA, 18 June 2020