From 1 October 2021 the legal requirements for labelling food sold prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) will change in Scotland. The new labelling will help inform and protect consumers by providing ingredient and allergen information on the packaging.
Food Standards Scotland have produced guidance intended to help food business operators check whether business are affected by the changes to the labelling rules for food including drink, sold PPDS and if businesses are affected what they need to do to meet new requirements.
The new legislation will require PPDS food, to be labelled with:
· the name of the food
· a full ingredients list
· allergen information (emphasised within the list)
Examples of PPDS foods include sandwiches placed into packaging by the food business and sold from the same premises, wrapped deli counter goods such as cheese and meats, and boxed salads placed on a refrigerated shelf prior to sale.
This new requirement follows wide consultation, including engaging with business and enforcement stakeholders, and consumers on improving allergen information, to help prevent further food allergy deaths in the out of home environment.