From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling changed in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. This labelling helps to protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.
Any food business that produces PPDS food is required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list. Allergenic ingredients must be emphasised within this list.
This can include food that consumers select themselves, for example from a display unit, as well as products kept behind a counter, or some food sold at mobile or temporary outlets.
This PPDS toolkit and sector-specific guidance are here to help food businesses identify whether they provide PPDS food and what they may need to do to be compliant.