Takeaway Food Labelling Requirements | PPDS

Molly Colbert

January 19, 2022

From the 1st of October 2021 the requirements for PPDS (prepacked for direct sale) food changed throughout the UK. This legislation, also known as Natasha’s Law, applies to all businesses that produce PPDS, such as kebab shops, burger vans, pizzerias, chicken shops, Chinese takeaway, fish and chip shops, and restaurants selling food to go.

What is PPDS?

PPDS food is food that is packaged on the same site that it is offered or sold to consumers. The recent changes means that the food which is packaged before the consumer orders or selects it and is sold within the same premise it is packaged, will now need labelling.

For restaurants and takeaways, this may mean that they experience changes when labelling foods, such as boxed meals, burgers, and other products.

What information do consumers need to be provided with?

The labels must contain the following:

• The name of the food

• Full ingredients list of the product

• Any allergenic ingredients need to be in an emphasised font (bold, italic, or a different colour)

Why are these labelling requirements important?

Studies have shown that there is a high percentage of young adults (aged 16-24) with food allergies which fear eating out or ordering takeaway food. The FSA have said that 64% of allergy sufferers have avoided eating out in the last 6 months.

Natasha’s Law was introduced after the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died suffering from an allergic reaction to an undisclosed allergenic ingredient in a prepacked meal. Her parents fought for several years to get stronger laws implemented to protect with food allergies. Their accomplishment in the new legislation is a huge step forward for the millions of food allergy suffers in the UK.

The new PPDS labelling requirements give confidence and protect those who suffer from food allergies. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people within the UK have food allergies. These changes have been implemented to businesses in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Takeaway food

Food which is purchased through distance selling (online or by the phone) must be able to provide allergen information before the purchase of the food is completed and ensure that all allergen information is provided before it is delivered. This gives the opportunity to customers with food allergies to choose food which is suitable for their food requirements and check again upon delivery that the food is safe for their consumption.

Before the purchase takes place, allergen information can be provided through the website, verbally over the phone, or through the menu. When the food is delivered, allergen information must, again, be provided to the consumer. It is important for the information to be provided so that customers can have clarification on the allergen information that relates to each dish.

The information on arrival can be shown in a number of formats:

• Stickers with allergen information applied to each container

• A separate sheet of paper/sign/menu providing the allergen information per dish

• A verbal communication to the customer providing the allergen information of each dish

How can NT Assure help with you PPDS labelling requirements?

We have partnered with Brother UK to offer in-house printing solutions.

NT Assure also have a team of technical and regulatory technologists available to provide professional food specification writing, pack copies, and label compliance services.

Communicating accurate food information to consumers is essential in ensuring food safety, provenance and achieving legal compliance.

Our PPDS solution allows FBOs to manage their food information from a tablet or other devices. Once all product information is entered, the information can be printed ready for when products go on sale. The solution can work for singular products or several hundred.

For more information or to speak with a member of our team, email info@ntassure.com or ring 01933 272089 📞

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Prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) allergen labelling changes for fast food and takeaway restaurants (PPDS) | Food Standards Agency

Natasha's Law - UK Food Labelling Resource - Homepage (natashas-law.com)

'I don't want my daughter to grow up being scared of eating out': The big difference Natasha's Law will make to allergy sufferers - Wales Online

FSA - young people with food allergies fear eating out (ucan2magazine.co.uk)