Full Ingredients Labelling of pre-packed foods announced in Scotland
25 June 2019
Posted by: Alasdair Smith
Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick has outlined Scotland’s plans for the labelling of pre-packed foods for direct sale.
“We are committed to giving consumers the information they need to make safe food choices.
“So Scotland will take forward full ingredients labelling for all foods which are pre-packed on the same premises from which they are sold to ensure the best protection for consumers.
“There is no doubt it will help more people with allergies and intolerances, as it will require businesses to include foods which are not currently on the mandatory list.
“We will work closely with business to ensure our approach is robust and enables the food industry outlets to play a full role in informing consumers.”
This action follows the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, after eating a baguette which contained sesame seeds led to UK-wide consultation.
A consultation was undertaken jointly by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). It showed full ingredients labelling was the most popular option amongst consumers.
It is understood that the move towards full ingredients listing will present considerable challenges to business – and, in particular, Scottish SMEs. Ministers have asked Food Standards Scotland to work closely with Scottish Bakers (and other stakeholders) to develop an implementation plan that is informed by a full assessment of the impacts and the support business needs to be ready for implementation by 2021.
Ministers are also committed to working closely with UK Government, the devolved administrations, and the FSA to ensure a common approach across the UK.