Gove urged to tighten food labelling regulations after death

The coroner in the case of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, who died after eating a baguette from Pret A Manger at Heathrow Airport in 2016, has said at the inquest today that the allergy labelling was inadequate in terms of visibility' and were 'difficult to see'.

Coroner Dr Sean Cummings will make a report to Environment Secretary Michael Gove over whether large businesses should be able to benefit from regulations that allow reduced food labelling for products made in shops.

The inquest heard the baguette contained sesame - which Natasha was allergic to - but the ingredient was not listed on the packaging. Pret confirmed at the time of Natasha's death its products would not have carried those labels.

Under current food regulations non pre-packaged fresh food made on the premises does not need to be individually labelled with allergen or ingredient information.

Clive Schlee, Chief Executive of Pret A Manger said: 'We are deeply sorry for Natasha’s death. We cannot begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel. We have heard everything the Coroner and Natasha’s family have said this week. And we will learn from this.

'All of us at Pret want to see meaningful change come from this tragedy. We will make sure that it does.”