College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is working in partnership with the Food Standards Agency to host an online allergen labelling event for food businesses in Northern Ireland on Thursday, August 12, at 10am.
The event is taking place to highlight the changes to allergen labelling for food products from October 2021.
The products impacted are those classed as pre packed for direct sale (PPDS) and the changes to labelling are a direct result of Natasha’s Law.
Pre-packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) means products that are produced and sold on the same premises but are packaged before being selected by the customer.
For example, this would include sausages being packed and put in a display in a butcher shop.
The event may be of interest to deli counters, butchers, bakeries, mobile sellers, caterers, fast food takeaways and restaurants.
The event being held on August 12 aims to help NI food businesses understand the changes to the legislation to ensure that they are compliant before the legislation takes effect on October 1.
The event speakers include representatives from the Food Standards Agency, Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, a local business and CAFRE followed by a live Q&A session.
FSA’s PPDS hub (www.food.gov.uk/ppds) features labelling guidance for PPDS foods and sector
The guides for bakery, butchers, fast food and takeaways, mobile sellers, restaurants, cafes and pubs, and schools each give practical information on PPDS and how these changes could impact a food business.
n Registration for the event is required and further information is available at www.cafre.ac.uk/PPDS
n If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Zita.McNaugher@daera-ni.gov.uk