'Natasha's Law': The much-needed change for food-allergy sufferers.
Posted on 27th June 2019 at 15:06
At your local personal injury solicitors, we don’t always get the nicest jobs. We, understandably, deal with a lot of cases where people have been injured due to another’s negligence, such as in Road Traffic Accidents, or when someone has eaten something not correctly labelled, and has suffered from a severe allergic reaction (you can read our team’s blog on allergies, here).
However, sometimes in the world of personal injury solicitors, we get to discuss a good change in the Law, which will benefit many people. This week’s news in the plan to introduce ‘Natasha’s law’.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died in 2016, after purchasing a baguette from a Pret a Manger store in Heathrow airport, which, unbeknownst to her, contained sesame seeds. Under current laws, any sandwich sold in a supermarket must label the full ingredients, whilst if you purchase a sandwich which has been made on the premises, such as in a coffee shop or café, the full ingredients do not need to be labelled, the shop only needs to have a sign nearby to prompt customers to ask about any allergens the food may contain.
Under ‘Natasha’s law’, all food businesses will be required to include a label showing all ingredients in pre-packaged food, hopefully commencing in the summer of 2021.
The Food Standards Agency estimate that around 10 people die every year from food-related anaphylaxis, with another 1,500 asthma deaths (some of which are potentially food related). Whilst these figures might not shock you, considering that around only 2 million people in the UK suffer from diagnosed food-related allergies, the number of deaths is a lot more significant! AND these figures don’t even take into account any food hypersensitivity related deaths, or those people hospitalised due to eating food in unlabelled packaging.
So, whilst Natasha’s death was tragic, the Ednan-Laperouse family have managed to achieve a great legacy for their daughter, and have helped ensure that other people don’t go through the same situation again.
If you have suffered from a food allergy due to incorrectly labelled packaging, or the negligence of a food business, give our team of local personal injury solicitors a call at your local office: 01772 783 314 (Longridge), 01995 602 129 (Garstang) or 01524 581 306 (Lancaster).
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