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Food Standards campaign

Mon 21 Mar 22

New legislation, which requires food businesses in Scotland to include the product name and full ingredients list on food sold prepacked for direct sale (PPDS), came into force on 1 October 2021 in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The new legislation will improve information about allergens and other ingredients in food prepared and packed in advance, mainly at the same place where it’s sold, before being offered to consumers.

Food Standards Scotland has created a toolkit so you can see how your business or your members may be affected and the action needed to ensure all businesses are complying by 1 October 2021.

The campaign aims to inform food businesses about the changes to the law and the steps they need to take to label food correctly if they sell PPDS food products. 

If you’re not sure how your business is affected, you can find more information on the Food Standards Scotland website.

The new MenuCal tool

In order to support food businesses with the new legislation, Food Standards Scotland has updated the online tool, MenuCal, which manages the information required for allergen labels for food sold prepacked for direct sale (PPDS).

As well as helping food businesses comply with food law on the 14 main allergenic ingredients in food, MenuCal allows businesses to calculate the energy values of their food which, when displayed to customers, can support healthier choices. 

You can find out more about how MenuCal works and sign up visit at their website, it's free and handy. 

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