The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs announced Natasha's Law in 2019.
Natasha's Law will require all food businesses in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to include labels featuring a full list of ingredients on all pre-packaged food. This law means that from 1st October 2021 we are required, under food safety legislation, to provide the same allergen information as we do for the school meals, for any food that is provided by the school to be eaten off the premises, such as packed lunches.
If the packed lunches are pre-ordered for individual children then we do not have to label every packed lunch with the allergens, but we will have to publish the allergens as we do the school meals. The best and easiest way to do this is on the school website. We must include everything you may find in our school packed lunch. However, if the packed lunch is not pre-packed for individual children and is given on a day to day basis, then each individual item has to have a label on it identifying whether it contains any of the allergens.
As this is a new requirement under food safety legislation, the Environmental Health Officers will be checking this on their site visits.