Natasha's Law and school food standards: requirements
Get to grips with Natasha's Law and the changes to allergen labelling requirements in force from 1 October 2021. Plus, understand what the food standards are, when your school has to follow them and how you can check that you're compliant.
Natasha's Law: your allergen and food labelling requirements
From 1 October 2021, 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.
Examples of common food that falls into this category include: