Selling Food Online? Your Legal Obligations and Allergen Labelling Requirements

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a period of great uncertainty for UK food businesses. With most food outlets being forced to close, online sales and food delivery has become essential in keeping businesses up and running. For most organisations this has led to a complete shift in focus and a need to adapt to a new way of business.

Some food businesses are moving online for the very first time, which is a challenging transition in its own right. On top of this, companies are confused about what food information needs to be provided to customers when distance selling and what are their legal obligations as an online seller. For those of you that find yourself in this unchartered territory, we’re here to help.

Our friends at Nutritics have provided some expert advice on your legal responsibilities. Nutritics is a nutrition and allergen management software company. In a post which was recently published to their website, the team at Nutritics outlined the legal requirements for selling food online and obligations surrounding allergen labelling. Check out the article in full here. Below is a brief summary.

Legal Requirements for Selling Food Online

The legal requirements for providing information on foods, whether it’s being done online or offline, are very similar. However, there are a few key differences that must be considered if selling food online: