In 2016 Natasha Ednan-Laperouse tragically died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger product. With thanks to the tireless campaigning of Natasha’s parents, Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse, millions of people that suffer with allergies will be protected by the new law that requires businesses to list all ingredients on the label of pre-packed food products, ‘Natasha’s law’.
At present, it is not compulsory for food that is made on the premises it is sold to have allergen information on it the label. The lack of this essential information leaves allergy sufferers with a lack of confidence when buying food.
‘Natasha’s Law’ will commence in October 2021, giving businesses time to adapt for the new rules. Businesses of all sizes will be given support by The Food Standards Agency to ensure they are prepared. The success of this law will mean that the hospitality industry will be a more accommodating, safer place for those with allergies.
Food Minister Zac Goldsmith said:
“The introduction of this law will make it easier for allergy sufferers to make clear, safe choices when buying food.”
The family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse said:
“This is a hugely significant day for allergen sufferers in this country. The introduction of Natasha’s Law brings greater transparency about what people are buying and eating, lays down new standards for the food companies, and highlights the battle against the growing epidemic of allergies.
Natasha was a spirited campaigner for justice and today she is smiling down on us knowing that this law well help ensure others do not suffer in the way our family does, and always will, following the loss of our beloved daughter and sister.
We would like to thank ministers for their unflinching support in doing the right thing on behalf of all people with allergies.”
The label requirement law has been put in place for food products that are made and sold on the same premises, known as pre-packed directly for sale. Some of the hospitality industry have already taken steps to improve their labelling and are being advised to make early changes by the government to make food choices safer for consumers. This law only applies to England but it is predicted that the rest of the UK will follow in order to protect allergen sufferers.
At Davenport's we are committed to assist our customers make the necessary changes to their labels in order to abide by Natasha's Law.