Food Labelling and Allergens

New regulations come into effect from October 2021 and will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale on the premises. Allergen information is also required to be provided to consumers when they buy loose and pre-packed food, including food from restaurants and take-aways.

New rules, coming into effect from October 2021, require pre-packed for direct sale food to clearly display the following information on the packaging:

  • Name of the food
  • Full ingredients list with allergenic ingredients emphasised.

The law also requires that consumers are given information about the presence of the main 14 food allergens in food they buy, whether it is loose or pre-packed.  Pre-packed foods must be labelled with a detailed ingredients list.  Any allergens in the ingredients must be emphasised in the ingredients list.

Sellers of non-pre-packed food, such restaurants and takeaways will be required by law to provide information about any of the main 14 food allergen ingredients in the food they serve.

It is estimated that almost 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from an allergy.UK laws mean that consumer can feel more confident to ask about allergenic ingredients in the foods that they choose.

Advice for businesses on how to comply with these new rules including downloadable posters, charts and leaflets, is available on the Food Standards Agency website. Further information about how to contact Milton Keynes Trading Standards for bespoke advice can be found here


Last Updated: 23 September 2021