Government to Introduce New Food Allergy Law

Posted on 25/06/2019 · Posted in News

On the 25th June 2019 the Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced plans to introduce legislation known as ‘Natasha’s Law’. This will be a new food allergy law aimed at protecting the country’s two million food allergy sufferers.

The law follows the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered an allergic reaction in July 2016, and aims to give confidence to allergy suffers when buying food.

The legislation is set to be introduced by the end of summer 2019 and if it is passed, it will come into force by summer 2021 in England and Northern Ireland. The time between 2019 and 2021 is designed to allow businesses to adjust to the changes.

From 2021, food that is packaged for direct sale will have to carry a full list of ingredients which is not a requirement under current law.

The government reforms won’t affect over-the-counter sandwiches that are made directly in front of a customer, nor supermarket sandwiches which already have to list full ingredients including allergens.

The legislation follows a consultation in January 2018, in which the below four options were considered, with the first ultimately chosen by the government.

  1. Full ingredient list labelling
  2. Allergen only labelling
  3. ‘Ask the staff’ labels on products
  4. Promoting best practice to businesses

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

“These changes will make food labels clear and consistent and give the country’s two million food allergy sufferers confidence in making safe food choices.”