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Natasha's law to apply to food labelling from October

It's aimed at protecting allergy sufferers

New food labelling legislation aimed at protecting allergy sufferers will come into force in the Island from 1 October.

The new law, which will also apply throughout the UK, will make it a legal requirement for food businesses to provide a full list of ingredients, which highlights the presence of common allergens, on pre-packaged foods they offer for sale.

A dedicated food allergens webpage has been produced by DEFA, to provide practical help and guidance to businesses.

The new legislation, known as Natasha's law, is a direct result of the tragic death in 2016 of Fulham teenager, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.

The 15 year old suffered a severe allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packed baguette.

14 major allergens such as milk, eggs, fish and nuts must be clearly identified under the new rules on pre-packed items such as sandwiches and salads - as part of a full list of ingredients.

The law also applies to food that consumers select themselves from display units, and some foods sold at mobile or temporary units.

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