Wednesday 26 June 2019 7:35 AM UTC
LONDON June 26: Food businesses will be required to list full ingredients on pre-packaged food under a new law introduced by Michael Gove following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.“Natasha’s Law”, which has been drafted to protect food allergy sufferers, is due to come into force by summer 2021, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced.
The legislation will apply to England and Northern Ireland.
Natasha, from Fulham, west London, suffered a severe allergic reaction after unknowingly eating sesame contained in an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette she had bought from a Pret a Manger at Heathrow Airport.
The 15-year-old died of anaphylaxis after collapsing on board a flight to Nice on July 17 2016.
Her parents have previously called for the so-called law to make all pre-packaged food clearly show allergens, which they have discussed with the Environment Secretary.
Under current rules, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold – such as a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff – is not required to display allergen information on the package.
The new legislation will tighten the rules by requiring foods that are pre-packed directly for sale to carry a full list of ingredients, Defra said.
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