The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have announced a grant to help local authorities enforce new food labelling laws.
Businesses already had to ensure foods pre-packaged off site showed a full ingredients list, with major allergens highlighted. The new law, known as Natasha’s Law, which came into force in October 2021, means food packed on site must also meets the same standards.
For local authorities, this means an increased workload of inspecting businesses to ensure they’re meeting the new requirements.
Defra and the FSA will pay for these extra costs until 31 March 2023. Their calculations have been based on the assumption that businesses selling pre-packaged foods will be inspected once every two years. The total value of the grant is £1,529,855.
To find out more and to see a full list of local authorities set to receive the grant, see the government website.