People suffering from food allergies will be protected by a new law following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.

Earlier this week Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new law that will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods.

The changes followed the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, who collapsed on 17 July 2016 after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette she bought from Pret a Manger in Heathrow airport. She suffered from numerous allergies and reacted badly to sesame seeds in the bread.

As it currently stands, all food prepared or sold on site does not require warning labels about potential allergens. This is because it is assumed that customers would speak with the staff to inquire as to whether or not the food contains a certain allergen.

The legislation, known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, will tighten the rules by requiring foods that are pre-packed directly to carry a complete list of ingredients. The government believes it will go some way to protect the country’s two million food allergy sufferers. 

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse have been an inspiration in their drive to protect food allergy sufferers and deliver Natasha’s Law. These changes will make food labels clear and consistent and give the country’s two million food allergy sufferers confidence in making safe food choices.”

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