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Comment from Chair following Coroner's call for Michael Gove to act on allergy death

28 September 2018

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is calling on Environment Secretary Michael Gove to take action following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.

Coroner Dr Sean Cummings is asking the Government to consider whether large food business operators should benefit from current food regulations.

Dr Cummings found Pret A Manger's allergy labelling to be inadequate at the conclusion of the inquest into the death of the 15 year-old who went into cardiac arrest after buying a sandwich at Heathrow airport in 2016.

Chair's comments

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said:

"The lack of labelling in this case has led to the tragic and avoidable death of a teenage girl. 

We support the Coroner in criticising the labelling in this case and hope that Environment Secretary Michael Gove will listen. It is essential that consumers be fully informed about the food that they are consuming.

We will be monitoring Defra's response to the call for a review of legislation covering food produced by large businesses, such as Pret A Manger. We want to see laws that protect those for whom the absence of clear information on food labels is a case of life or death."

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