From 1st October 2021, businesses selling prepacked for direct sale products (PPDS products) will need to label each individual item with the name of the food, the full ingredient list, and any emphasise any allergens present.
This regulation is coming into place to give customers important allergen information. As it currently stands, PPDS products don’t need to include allergen labelling, which could mislead some people to think that no allergen information means there are no allergens present, which is not always the case.
What is PPDS?
Any foods that are prepared and packed in-store before the customer selects it are prepacked for direct sale. For example, a sandwich that has been made and put into packaging inside the same store that it will be on display to be sold in is PPDS.
More examples of PPDS products
-Sandwiches packaged by the food business and sold at the same premises
-Giving away packaged samples of new items that have been made on the same premises
-Foods packaged and taken by the same operator to their market stall to sell
-A butcher who makes burgers or sausages that are prepacked to be sold on the same premises
-Foods packed by a food business to be sold in its retail units located within the same building complex as the premises where the food was packed. For example, in a train station, hospital or university
This flow chart will tell you if your food is prepacked for direct sale.
Guidance for businesses selling PPDS products
If your business sells PPDS products, you need to establish a labelling solution to stay compliant and keep your customers with allergies safe.
We have partnered with Brother UK to bring businesses a reliable PPDS print solution.
Our menu management system, Smart Chef, stores your product information on a centralised data base. Each branch of your business will receive a Brother UK printer which connects to Smart Chef through a tablet application.
From here, labels for each PPDS product can be selected live in store, at the point the products are being packed, with accurate allergen information. The labels include the product’s full ingredient list with any allergens emphasised.
Therefore, printing food labels in real-time is practical and reliable. Having an electronic solution will enable you to print straight away and easily make changes. The labels are professional and future proof.
Our electronic solution will give your business dependable PPDS labels that are directly linked to our food information system, so even when there are ingredient changes, the system will automatically update.
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