Natasha's Law and school food standards: requirements

Get to grips with Natasha's Law and allergen labelling requirements, including what's good practice for cake sales. Plus, understand what the food standards are, when your school has to follow them and how you can check that you're compliant.

Last reviewed on 18 April 2023
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  1. Natasha's Law: your allergen and food labelling requirements 
  2. Your school food standard requirements 

Natasha's Law: your allergen and food labelling requirements 

You have a duty to list ingredients on food that's prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) on your school premises. This covers food that's:

  • Packaged at your school, and
  • In this packaging before it's selected or ordered by pupils or staff 

This is outlined in the Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019

These changes are to help anyone with a food allergy or intolerance make safe food choices. This is following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who had an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a baguette that was pre-packed on-site.

Who do they apply to?

All schools that package food on-site before someone selects or orders it. 

These requirements apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

What food is covered? 

Use this labelling decision tool to help you check requirements for individual food types.

Pots of fruit or