Natasha's Law introduced to protect allergy sufferers

Natasha’s Law comes into force in the UK on Friday, which requires clearer labelling of ingredients on pre-packaged food. The change also means all food retailers must display allergen labelling on food items for direct sale including sandwiches, cakes and salads. The new law is named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died in July 2016 after eating a Pret a Manger sesame seed baguette before boarding a flight. She was severely allergic to sesame seeds but the ingredient was not listed on the packaging. Her family campaigned for the change in law after food labelling loophole which left Natasha unaware that the baguette she ate contained sesame seeds. Her family have reacted to the changed in food regulations. Previously, non-pre-packaged fresh food made on premises did not need to be individually labelled with allergen or ingredient information. .

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