Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
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Pret A Manger vows ‘change’ after allergic teen dies eating baguette

Pret A Manger vows ‘change’ after allergic teen dies eating baguette

Pret A Manger has committed a "complete dereliction of duty", says the father of a girl who died after suffering an allergic reaction to one of their baguettes.

'You have to say goodbye'Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse, with their son Alex, outside West London Coroners Court, following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse during Pret enquiry.

JAB, a Luxembourg-based German-owned investor, announced its acquisition of Pret in May.

There was no allergen information on the packaging or the store's food display cabinet, but this is not required by British law. "Under Clive's direction, Pret will very rapidly take action to ensure it is the leader in this critical area of food safety".

She had been on her way to a four-day break in France with her father and best friend when she bought an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette as they passed through Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

The label did not mention that the bread contained sesame seeds, which Ednan-Laperouse was highly allergic to.

Two epipens were jabbed into her legs, but the symptoms did not abate.


Currently, non-prepackaged foods do not have to a have a specific allergen label attached to food.

He said the labelling was "inadequate" for not warning of "hidden" sesame seeds.

Pret CEO Clive Schlee said he was "deeply sorry" for Natasha's death, adding: "We can not begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel". "We can not begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel".

They have spearheaded calls for tougher action, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove said it would be a "fitting tribute" for any change in legislation to be called Natasha's Law. And we will learn from this.

"All of us at Pret want meaningful change to come from this tragedy". "She was so heartfelt and wanted to help us in any way she could", Tanya said, adding: "She said she would support us all the way through".

At the time, Pret A Manger had a guide detailing allergens in its foods posted in its shops and on its website, but not on product-shelf tickets, Business Insider also understands. She was 15, she loved life, she loved boys, she liked her friends, she was a really good sister, a really, really good sister. I knew then she was gone - she was dead.' Natasha's holiday to Nice, France, where the family owned an apartment, was the first time she had gone away without her mother. "And we would imagine her punching the air if there was a law that honoured her memory to reduce the chance of this ever happening again".

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