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Our Commitment to Natasha’s Law

Natasha’s Law, also known as the UK Food Information Amendment, came into effect on October 1st of this year and requires food businesses such as ours to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on all food products sold on our premises.

The amendment was put in place in the wake of the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packaged meal. Due to the efforts of a lobbying group led by Natasha’s parents, the government confirmed that stronger laws would be implemented to protect the estimated 1 in 5 of us in the UK with food allergies.

Victoria Healy, Chop’d Operations director said, “At Chop’d, we have always been transparent about what goes into our menu. In fact, we are very proud of the produce and ingredients that we use. Natasha’s Law is now a legal requirement on all PPDS foods (Pre-packed for direct sale). This means that all of our Ready To Go items are now labelled with the full ingredient breakdown and, more importantly, all of the allergens in that item are in bold. This does not replace, but only strengthens, the full allergen training for our staff and the availability of the allergen matrix, that we have in every store and always have done.”

The best way to find out what exactly goes into your Chop’d salads in-store, is to ask one of our team. Our guys are very knowledgeable about what goes into our salads, the allergens present, and the health benefits of those ingredients. They eat the salads every day so they can also advise our customers on the best combinations, of which there are many!

If you prefer to use our website for info, you will be happy to hear that we have our Nutritional Calculator returning. This allows you to tailor-make your salad and gives you a nutritional breakdown of the calories, carbs, fat, etc before you order. Again, we want to be honest with our ingredients which is why we have embraced the introduction of Natasha’s Law and reintroduced the calculator.

To find out more about the UK Food Information Amendment click here.

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The New Sustainable Chop’d Uniforms

Since being founded in 2004, our vision has been a world where caring for the environment is part of a business’s DNA. From day one, Chop’d have helped customers make greener choices by rewarding them with free veggies for refusing a bag and encouraging customers to bring reusable containers.

We are now going even further with our eco pledge with the introduction of our new and sustainable Chop’d staff uniforms. We’ve swapped out our old aprons and t-shirts for more eco-friendly alternatives made from 100% organic and Fairtrade cotton.

This means that the cotton our new uniforms are made of has come from a certified organic farm and that the workers who work there are paid fairly for the work they’ve done. These farmers use natural methods to grow cotton by not using fossil-fuel-based fertilisers or hazardous synthetic pesticides, protecting our rivers, lakes, and drinking water.

Furthermore, the inks that we used to print our new uniforms are fully water-based and solvent-free, meaning that they have been approved by the Soil Association in the UK. This means that they have been approved to complement a fully organic textile manufacturing process that reduces the impact that this kind of production process can have on the environment. These are also safer for the wearer as no harmful solvents leak from these when worn and are even safe to use on children’s clothing.

You can find out more about the soil association and the good work they do here. Make sure to stop by one of our restaurants and see first-hand what steps we’re making to reduce our carbon footprint.