Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston and Food Minister, introduced ‘Natasha’s Law’ to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.
Millions of allergy sufferers across the country will be protected by the new law laid in Parliament earlier this month, requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packed for direct sale foods.
Following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the government confirmed stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy.
Currently, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information on the label, meaning allergy sufferers sometimes lack confidence buying food to eat whilst they are out.
A Statutory Instrument (SI) was presented to Parliament in early September tightening the rules by requiring these foods to carry a full list of ingredients - known as ‘Natasha’s Law’.
The Minister of State said: “This is a significant moment for the millions of allergy sufferers in England and a fitting tribute to Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse’s tireless campaigning. The introduction of this law will make it easier for allergy sufferers to make clear, safe choices when buying food.”
‘Natasha’s Law’ will come into force in October 2021, giving businesses a transition period to prepare for the new rules. The Food Standards Agency will publish information for industry on October 1 to help ensure that businesses of all sizes can prepare and adapt to these changes.