Are you ready for PDDS?
The Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 will come into force on 1st October 2021 and applies to any food business, including care homes, schools, hospitals and other similar settings1. Commonly referred as Natasha’s Law.
This mandatory duty will create new labelling requirements for products that are prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) with the inclusion of name of the food and a “full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised (e.g. bold) within the list”1. Product ingredients must also be listed in order of weight, starting the main ingredient first. This may mean weighing the product ingredients to determine the weight. Compound ingredients are made up of more than one component and likely to be used in a PPDS product. These components must be declared in brackets immediately after the compound ingredient within the ingredients list.
What is PPDS?
Prepacked food can be categorised as any “ready for sale” food that has been put into packaging before being selected or purchased by a consumer. Packaging can “fully or partly” enclose the product and the food within “cannot be altered within opening or changing the packaging”2
Direct sale can be defined as “food which is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers and within this packaging before it is ordered or selected”1. This may be a product a consumer selects from a display unit or one kept behind a counter1. Prepacked for direct sales (PPDS) may can include the following packaged products:
- fast food held under a hot lamp
- rotisserie chicken
- meat products pre-packaged by a butcher
- products packaged and sold elsewhere by the same food business operator
PPDS does not cover “food packed by one business and supplied to another” and “food packaged after being order by the consumer”. A food business operator can easily check if their products require PPDS labelling by using a simple allergen and ingredients food labelling decision tool
Would you like to know more?
Competent employees protect consumers and help the food business comply with the law. We cover PDDS and food hypersensitivities on all our food safety and allergen training courses. Contact us to more about specialised courses in food allergen awareness and allergen management:
- Food Standard Agency (2020) Introduction to allergen labelling changes (PPDS). [Online]. Available at: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/introduction-to-allergen-labelling-changes-ppds ( Accessed on 4 May 2021)
- Food Standards Agency (2020) Allergen information for pre-packed and loose foods [Online]. Available at: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/allergen-information-for-pre-packed-and-loose-foods (Accessed on 4 May 2021)