Update: Major allergy law set to affect food businesses in the UK

Find out why you need to be on top of workplace allergies

BrightHR Team

New food labelling reforms will affect thousands of small businesses across the UK by 2021. 

The legislation dubbed ‘Natasha’s Law’ will tighten allergen labelling practices following the tragic death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. The teenager died after an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette.

The new law will require all food businesses to clearly label the full ingredients of pre-packaged food.

What does this mean for my business?

If your business sells food in the UK, you have until summer 2021 to comply with these new regulations. 

That means any pre-packaged food for direct sale will need to have full allergen labelling. This will help customers to have more confidence when purchasing meals on the go. 

And if I’m not in the UK food industry?

You still have a duty of care to your employees. So make sure that you keep a record of your staff’s allergies and how severe they are.

It might also be worth carrying out allergy training in your team so that all staff know how to react in an emergency.

Get help to manage allergies at work

With BrightHR, you’ll never forget about staff allergies or dietary requirements. Because you can use our new notes feature to jot down important information on an employee’s profile.

Plus, BrightAdvice is always there to give you fast employment law support. You can speak to qualified HR experts right now.

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