The 2024 Craft Butcher Expo took place on Sunday 28 January at The Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland. This trade fair focuses primarily on companies that supply butchers, shops and restaurants with seasonings with which they can enhance the flavour and value of their meat products. A wide selection of Dutch Spices’ inclusive seasonings could be tasted on the very busy stand of the Company’s Irish partner.
Natasha’s Law ensures better allergen information
In the summer of 2016 Natasha was flying to Nice from the UK’s London Heathrow Airport. While at Heathrow she purchased a filled baguette to eat on the flight. She was sure she had selected a sandwich that was safe for her to eat because the food label on the packaging did not say it contained the allergens to which she was allergic, such as sesame seeds.
Incomplete allergen information had fatal consequences
On the way to Nice Natasha began eating her baguette. Within minutes she began experiencing an anaphylactic reaction (a rapid allergic reaction). Unfortunately with fatal consequences because the aircraft was not equipped with the medical care Natasha needed. She died the following day. It turned out that the bread dough contained sesame seed, although this was not mentioned on the packaging and the seeds could also not be seen.
Natasha’s Law brings improvement
Natasha’s death led to extensive investigation and action being taken: On 1 October 2021 the UK Food Information Amendment, or Natasha’s Law, came into force. Its aim is to reduce the risk of other unnecessary deaths. The Law makes it mandatory to provide a full list of ingredients on all pre-packaged food. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been tasked with ensuring companies continue taking the steps needed to make the information on their food labels complete and correct.
Protective information for a large group
The growing number of people with food allergies can no longer be ignored. The increase in the number of children diagnosed with an allergy is particularly worrying. The provision of reliable allergen information on the label is vital for this group of people. It is, therefore, essential that companies state the presence of allergens clearly and uniformly on every label. Natasha’s Law came into being to protect people with food allergies. They must be able to trust the transparency of the ingredients and food labelling on pre-packaged food. If the Law is not fully complied with lives will continue to be constantly at risk.
Once again it has been proven that it takes a tragedy to trigger much needed change.
Allergen safe: reliable ingredient information
Dutch Spices’ seasonings do not contain any of the 14 substances legislation designates as allergens. The absence of any cross-contamination is also guaranteed through conformance with the VITAL standard.
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