Natasha's Law and school food standards: governors' role
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 and how you can monitor compliance, including what questions to ask.
Natasha's Law: your allergen and food labelling requirements
From 1 October 2021, your school has a duty to list ingredients on food that's prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) on 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.
Does this apply to my school?
It does if your school:
- Packages food on-site before someone selects or orders it
- Is located in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
What food is covered?
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published this labelling decision tool to help schools check requirements for individual food types.
Examples of common food that falls into this category include: