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Surrey Heath MP to meet parents of Pret death teen

Surrey Heath MP to meet parents of Pret death teen

Published by Carol Musgrave at 8:21am 23rd October 2018. (Updated at 9:33am 23rd October 2018)

The Environment Secretary will meet the parents of a girl who died after eating a Pret A Manger sandwich.

Teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who was allergic to sesame seeds, collapsed on a flight to Nice in 2016 after eating a baguette she bought at Heathrow airport.

The 15 year old, from Fulham, west London, died later in hospital.

This afternoon, Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove  and her parents will be talking about changing laws around allergen labelling.

The packaging of the artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette did not mention that the product contained the seeds.

Natasha's father Nadim said at an inquest held earlier this month that she died because of "inadequate food labelling laws".

Nadim and Natasha's mother Tanya said in a statement that they "look forward" to meeting Mr Gove:

"We are extremely pleased by his reaction so far on this issue," they said.

The meeting will take place this afternoon (October 23).

Mr Gove said earlier this month he had instructed civil servants to investigate a law change after Natasha's death highlighted the "importance of acting urgently".

He said the family was "absolutely right" to say the law needs to be changed, adding:

"I think their case is compelling and we need to act quickly in order to ensure that we have the best possible protection in place."

Michelle Victor, a lawyer for Leigh Day, which is representing the family, said:

"The law in this country needs to change and the reaction of this Government has been extremely positive thus far in relation to labelling to safeguard people with allergens.

"We hope that this meeting will lead to real change for the thousands of people who have a food allergy."

Pret announced earlier this month that it will include full ingredient labelling on all of its products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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