Packing and exporting food

Pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) food

From 1 October 2021, the requirements for PPDS food labelling changed in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.

Also known as Natasha's Law, this labelling helps to protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.

Many businesses, including restaurants and takeaways, currently provide PPDS food, even though they are in small amounts such as pots of sauce, sandwiches and cakes.

You can read an introduction to allergen labelling changes for PPDS.

Exporting food

You must have a Food Export Health Certificate before distributing food products to other countries. This certificate is issued at a charge, and your food business must already be registered with us when you apply.

You will need to apply for a certificate each time you export a consignment (batch of goods).

Apply for a food export health certificate

If an inspection is required:

  • for the first hour, the charges are £191; after the first hour, charges are £88 for each additional hour (or partial hour)

If no inspection is required:

  • £125 minimum charge

Cancellation fees:

  • when an export certificate has been issued and is no longer required, a £41 cancellation fee per certificate will be charged

Approval for certain food types:

  • food businesses that produce or distribute certain types of meat or milk products may need separate approval, contact us for further information

Page last updated: 2 April 2024

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