New Food Labelling Law is Vital, Says Creator of Chocolate Brand Enjoy!

New Food Labelling Law is Vital, Says Creator of Chocolate Brand Enjoy!

The importance of clearly labelling pre-packed foods to guard against allergic reactions is vital says the owner and creator of the chocolate brand, Enjoy!

During the last five years, there has been a 72 per cent rise in hospital admissions of children suffering severe allergic reactions. NHS figures show that 1,746 children were treated for anaphylactic shock in 2018-19, up from 1,015 in 2013-14.

New Food Labelling Law is Vital, Says Creator of Chocolate Brand Enjoy!
Chris Crutchley founder of Enjoy! Chocolate.

Chris Crutchley, who launched Enjoy! in June, is unable to eat a variety of food-types himself due to various intolerances, which is the reason he launched the brand of chocolate.

Enjoy! Captivating Coconut Chocolate Bar
Enjoy! Captivating Coconut Chocolate Bar.

“The labelling on food products needs to show the ingredients used clearly; these figures show just how serious it can be if there is any doubt,” said Chris.

“I know from first-hand experience how difficult it can be to walk into a shop and work out what you can and can’t eat. While I don’t have allergies, I can only imagine how much more concerning unclear labelling must be for those who have severe reactions if they eat or even come into contact with the wrong thing.”

“That is why it is so important for things to be clearly labelled – not just in the small print, but as a significant feature of the packaging.”

“Our packaging clearly states what ingredients are used, and if anything is added beyond the base ingredients, we state exactly what has been added.”

New Food Labelling Law is Vital, Says Creator of Chocolate Brand Enjoy! 1
Chris spent four years perfecting Enjoy!’s chocolate range, which is now stocked on the high street.

In September the UK Food Standards Agency announced a new law, coming into effect from October 2021, which will require businesses to provide full ingredient and allergen labelling on foods which are pre-packed for direct sale.

The change in the law is the result of a UK-wide consultation following the tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, as a result of an allergic reaction to a baguette she had eaten which did not display allergen information on the packaging.

“I 100 per cent back this change in law and I commend the efforts of the campaign to make food producers realise the importance of informing people about what they are eating,” said Chris.

“I’m glad this issue is now at the forefront of people’s minds and no longer an afterthought.”

The Enjoy! range of chocolate products
The Enjoy! range of chocolate products.

Chris spent four years perfecting Enjoy!’s chocolate range, which is now stocked on the high street, including more than 300 Holland & Barrett stores.

Enjoy!’s base recipe contains just three organic ingredients – cacao powder, cacao butter and coconut sugar and is free from the 14 main allergens including dairy, soy and gluten. Not only that, there’s no refined sugar, they’re organic and suitable for vegans.

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