Pre-packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) food labelling requirements

Pre-packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) food and Natasha's law

PPDS food is food which is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers. The food is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected. The food is enclosed and cannot be changed without opening the packaging.

As of 1 October 2021, any business that produces PPDS food is required to label it with:

  • The name of the food
  • A full ingredient list
  • Allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list

Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new rules.

To help support food businesses to understand these requirements, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a dedicated page on labelling requirements for PPDS food. This provides detailed information on what they require food businesses to provide on the packaging of PPDS food they sell.

This includes information on the legislative labelling requirements, as well as related information that the producers of PPDS food will find helpful such as Quantitative Ingredient Declaration (QUID), multipacks, food additives and flavourings, as well as the responsibilities of food businesses and suppliers.

The FSA published sector specific guidance on their website to support businesses to understand how the changes apply to their relevant sector. Guides include examples of PPDS products and a practical guide for labelling. The sector includes:

  • Bakeries
  • Butchers
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs
  • Fast food and takeaways
  • Mobile sellers
  • Caterers
  • Schools

If you are unsure whether your business sells food that is PPDS, you can use the FSA's allergen and ingredients food labelling tool to help you decide.

Business advice from Trading Standards

If you are a business affected by these changes and need advice, please contact Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards using our business advice online form.