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Natasha’s Law: Tougher Food Labelling and Better Hygiene

25 Jan 2019

The Government has confirmed it is looking to introduce tougher food labelling to prevent serious allergic reactions. Dubbed Natasha’s Law in reference to Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the London teenager who died after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich, the move has been welcomed by campaigners. But food safety experts say better labelling will only be effective if food producers follow scrupulous hygiene processes.

The UK’s leading independent supplier of hygienic wall and ceiling cladding is CleanClad. It works with food producers to improve hygiene by making the cleaning process easier and more effective. The company says better labelling on pre-packaged food is a good move. However, it warns that without robust measures in place allergens can find their way into products that shouldn’t contain them. A spokesman said: “A full ingredient list on packaging will save lives – but only if food producers take great care to ensure that traces of allergens don’t end up in products that claim not to contain them.”

Food labelling: the potential changes

The options open to law makers include full ingredient list labelling – something supported by Natasha’s parents. Other options include ‘ask the staff’ labels, allergen-only labels and best practice initiatives to improve the flow of information to customers.

The ‘ask the staff’ option is universally unpopular among health and safety experts. CleanClad says: “There is too much room for human error here. ‘Asking the staff’ would only work if retailers, not the manufacturers, commit to staff training. In busy commercial environments, it is not hard to imagine the potential dangers. Best practice is something retailers should already be considering in addition to full ingredient lists on labelling.”

Support food labelling with hygienic wall cladding

CleanClad is the hygiene solution of choice for hospitals, laboratories and research centres. It is being used by an increasing number of food businesses. Why? It ensures surfaces in sensitive environments are easy to thoroughly clean – quickly. Low maintenance, durable and moisture resistant, it is manufactured from pure PVC polymer. This is important because it produces an ultra smooth surface that bacteria and allergens cannot cling to when properly cleaned and sanitised.

What makes CleanClad especially attractive is that it is cheaper than traditional cladding materials, including stainless steel and tiles.

Want to improve your food hygiene and ensure traces of allergens are not where they shouldn’t be? Contact CleanClad on 03334566700 or visit the website.