Allergen labelling requirements for food prepacked for direct sale

Food that is packaged on the premises where it will be sold or offered to consumers in that packaging is known as ‘prepacked for direct sale’ food, or PPDS.

PPDS food includes food that consumers select from display units, as well as products kept behind a counter. It also includes food sold at mobile or temporary outlets.

The requirements governing the labelling of PPDS food changed on 1 October 2021. Food businesses must display allergen labels on pre-packed food for their customers.

If you are unsure whether the food your business sells is classed as PPDS food, use the Food Standards Agency’s allergen and ingredients food labelling decision tool.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) also provides business guidance covering all aspects of running a food business. They have added new guidance about allergen labelling changes for prepacked for direct sale food, including sector-specific guidance for different types of food business.

The 14 allergens that must be stated on labels are:

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soya
  • Sulphur dioxide

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