Sweet trees

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. Please note that some of the advice we provide to businesses is chargeable.

The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 apply to these products, and some food safety and labelling regulations. Therefore all sweet tree products must be 'safe' and labelled with certain information.

Safety

Where possible you must design any hazards out of your product first, such as sharp points or small parts. Where this is not possible you should guard against any hazards, providing clear warnings to consumers of any risks posed. This is best on the product label, or instructions, but can be on the label or a notice in close proximity to the product on sale.

Think about who your customer and user will be. How will the product be used? A sweet tree for a child will not be suitable for children under 36 months due to choking hazards posed by small parts for example. Will its use be supervised?

You must ensure any materials in contact with food are suitable for food use to avoid contamination and make sure any warnings and or instructions regarding its safe use and disposal are provided. Polystyrene (if used) needs to be covered with material suitable for use in contact with food (like foil).

Keep a record for traceability purposes of materials you obtain and any risk assessments you carry out for your own records where necessary.

Labelling

Your name (or business name as applicable) and address and any relevant warnings must be provided either on the product itself or an accompanying leaflet or notice and must be clear, legible and easily understood.

Food labelling

For further information on what labelling you will need to have in addition to the above requirements, please see the labelling of prepacked foods page.