Restaurants and takeaways will now have to provide detailed information on food products
June 25 2019 and Natasha’s law comes into effect. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died in 2016 after eating a baguette from Pret A Manger that contained unlabelled allergens. Since then her parents have campaigned ceaselessly for tighter controls on food labelling.
Now people with food allergies can buy from a food outlet trusting the label will list any harmful allergens. Previously it wasn’t possible to be sure whether any of the 14 required allergens had been listed.
Michael Gove the Minister responsible for the law, which is called Natasha’s law in honour of the teenager’s death, said;
‘These changes will make food labels clear and consistent and give the country’s two million food allergy sufferers confidence in making safe food choices.’
Consistent and clear food labelling
Natasha’s law is ‘probably the most momentous change in food labelling in this country for a very, very long time.’ Said Natasha’s father, Nadin Ednan-Laperouse.
Nadim went on to say ‘Our mantra was to bring the light on what is in the dark. It’s about being honest and telling the truth. Food labelling needs to be clear – honest.’
‘Loophole’ in previous food labelling law now removed
Since 2014 it has been mandatory to label prepared foods with 14 allergens and all ingredients. But small businesses such as local sandwich shops were exempted as this was seen as potentially too onerous. However Natasha’s father, Nadin said in an interview for Radio 4’s flagship news programme ‘Today’ that large businesses, such as Pret A Manger, were using this to avoid fully labelling food prepared in their premises.
Allergy UK chief executive Carla Jones also welcomed the announcement, saying the national charity was ‘delighted’ with the legislation.
O’Neill Injury Solicitors are one of the foremost specialist food and gluten intolerance solicitors in the UK. Their special interest in this field comes from the principal Solicitor’s first hand family experience of gluten poisoning.