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The FSA consults on updated guidance following change to allergen labelling law

  • United Kingdom
  • Health and safety

10-02-2020

In September 2019, the UK government introduced new legislation which will change the way in which food businesses are required to provided allergen information. The new legislation, which comes into force on 1 October 2021, requires food businesses to include full ingredient and allergen labelling on products that would have previously fallen into the pre-packaged for direct sale (“PPDS”) exemption.

To reflect these legislative changes, the FSA has recently launched a consultation on proposed updates to its existing technical guidance. These updates are principally designed to reflect the new legal requirements, but the FSA is also using the consultation as an opportunity to propose technical and drafting updates.

The FSA has produced a draft of the new technical guidance for comment and has stated that it “will help businesses and enforcement authorities understand the new requirements, as well as support businesses as they work towards implementing them by October 2021”. The updated draft guidance on the definition of ‘PPDS’ is particularly noteworthy and is likely to attract much interest from the food sector.

A link to the consultation and how to submit your comments may be found here. Please note, the closing date for responses is 6 March 2020.

For further information or guidance on this topic or on the impact of Brexit on food labelling please contact food safety lawyers Natascha Gaut or Prem Thakor or visit

www.eversheds-sutherland.com/EHS-UK