Gove backs Natasha’s Law

The Environment Secretary has said he will urgently consider calls for a “Natasha’s Law” to improve food labelling after the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. The 15-year-old suffered a fatal allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger sandwich that failed to highlight sesame as an ingredient. Michael Gove said: “Of course we’ve got high food standards, but we’ve got to make sure we never have a case like this again.” The Mail reports that Pret routinely puts allergy stickers on food it donates to the homeless prompting questions as to why it doesn’t do the same for the paying public. The family’s lawyer, Jill Paterson, of Leigh Day, said: “Simple labels show at a glance what allergens are contained in the food. This is common sense. This could be done by large food businesses quickly and shouldn’t need a change in the law, particularly when you are talking about a matter of life or death.”

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Posted 02/10/2018