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Food labelling legislation changes – advice for businesses

Published on Wednesday, 24th March 2021

NBBC want to raise awareness of a change in food labelling legislation that will come into place later this year.

From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will be changing. The new labelling will help protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on packaging.

The labelling change will affect food products such as a sandwich wrapped in cling film sold from the bar of a pub, or products which are pre-packaged on site ready for sale such as pizzas, rotisserie chicken, salads and pasta pots for example.

Any business that produces prepacked for direct sale food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised. Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new regulations.

Guidance to help businesses check if their business is affected by the new allergen labelling requirements and what they to do next to comply with the law can be found on the Food Standards Agency website here. If you need any assistance or advice you can email our Team on

Philip Richardson, Director for Democracy, Planning & Public Protection said:

“I very much welcome the change in legislation, it will hopefully prove very valuable to anyone who has a food allergy. We want to help alert borough businesses to this change and do what we can to support them.”