In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse bought a baguette from Pret a Manger. She checked for an allergy label, as Natasha had an allergy to sesame seeds. As there was no label on the baguette packaging, she believed it to be safe.
The baguette contained sesame seeds, causing Natasha to go into anaphylactic shock and resulting in her death. Natasha was just 15.
Pret a Manger had acted within the law, as labeling did not require to list Allergens on Pre-packed for Direct Sales (PPDS).
At Natasha’s inquest the Coroner, Dr. Sean Cummings stated:
“In my opinion, there is a risk that future deaths could occur unless action is taken.”
This led to a campaign resulting in The UK Food Information Amendment (Natasha’s Law) being passed in September 2019.
Natasha’s Law states that all Pre-packaged food for Direct Sale must include a clear and full list of all ingredients.
A PPDS food is any food that is prepared normally on-site and then packaged to the customer to pick up ready for sale. A good example is the sandwiches available in shops like Greggs, Pret a Manger, and some work canteens.
in this module, we will discuss examples of how to implement and adhere to Natasha’s Law.