We are all very aware of the sad circumstances that resulted in the death of Natasha Ednan- Laperouse when she unknowingly ate sesame that was in an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette she had purchased from Pret a Manger at Heathrow airport.
In the UK 2 million people are registered with allergies and there are 10 deaths reported a year which are food allergy related.
The resultant great work and lobbying that was done by her parents has created positive changes that now mean from the 1st October 2021 businesses will need to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale (PPDS) on the premises. Allergens will need to be either highlighted in a different colour, written in bold or in italics to make any allergens clear for the consumer.
Businesses are also required to train staff and make allergens and ingredients in products available to staff as a reference for products that are not for direct sale and classed as a distance sale such as online or over the phone.
This is a great step forward in ensuring that consumers who suffer with allergies can buy products with confidence.