Pret food allergy death sparks review of law

Pret baguettes cause food poisoning

Parents of food allergy death teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse recently met with Michael Gove and said afterwards that the law on allergen labelling could be improved by summer 2019.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said a full review of food labelling would be carried out by Christmas and that he wants a ‘Natasha’s Law’ to be in place in 2019.

15 year old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died in 2016 after eating a baguette bought in Pret that contained sesame seeds that were not listed on the wrapper.

At her funeral her father Nadim Ednan-Laperouse promised the congregation that his daughter would receive justice. Her family have campaigned for greater consistency in food labelling and for products to be labelled with complete allergen information.

Natasha’s mother, Tanya, told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday: “We taught Natasha to trust labels, to trust ingredients – she learned all the different words for different allergens.

“She could read a label and understand it by the time she was nine years old. It was very much a part of our life. There mustn’t be confusion with labels, it really does need to be standardised. If there is a label it should be the same everywhere.”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs would be advising large companies such as Pret to change procedures before the law was introduced, Natasha’s mother said.

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