Natasha’s Law came into effect in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 1 October 2021 and affects all Prepacked for Direct Sale (PPDS) items, which will now have to clearly display the following information on the packaging:
Items that are not pre-packaged, such as loose bakery or deli-counter items, are now required to be wrapped and labelled with their ingredients and allergens. This is because they have not been selected by the person who will be eating them, and that person has not been able to read the information that was included on the display counter. Other items that are pre-packaged should have the allergen information marked clearly.
Although there are many types of food sensitivities, there are 14 allergens that must be marked clearly by law.
We have prepared a guidance document that contains further information about this change which can be accessed here.
Some of our retailer partners are continuing to sell loose bakery items to their customers, therefore any surplus will be available for charity donation. However, when these goods are donated to charity, it becomes the charities responsibility to pass the allergen information onto the end user.
There will be no change as ASDA changed all of their packaging during Covid, so Natasha’s Law will not impact the food you receive. There may be less bread baked during the day.
There will be no change, as all of the items from Booker are pre-packaged.
Large Tesco stores will no longer be selling loose bakery items so you should not receive these.
Tesco express and convenience stores will continue to sell loose, unpackaged bakery items, and therefore any surplus of these items will continue to be redistributed to charities. Further information on Tesco’s bakery items can be found here.
Waitrose will continue to sell loose, unpackaged bakery items, and therefore any surplus of these items will continue to be redistributed to charities. They have provided a list of allergens for all of their products which can be found here. Further information about food allergens from Waitrose can be found on their website here.