Are Pret to blame?

A second person has died after allegedly eating a Pret a Manger sandwich.

The Times

Don't blame Pret a Manger for Natasha Ednan-Laperouse's death

Food safety is vital, but we must take some responsibility ourselves

Where should corporate responsibility end and individual responsibility begin? Over decades the line has moved inexorably in the direction of the former: the law has accorded more and more protection to the consumer. That is a good thing. But the principle of caveat emptor cannot be entirely extinguished, or we would be living in a world where businesses would be forced to treat all their customers as if they were helpless infants. Which would be, well, infantilising.

These thoughts are provoked by two much-reported incidents involving injury and death. The injured party is a 49-year-old Frenchwoman, Corine Remande, who said she was planning to sue the organisers of the Ryder Cup after being struck in the eye by a wayward golf ball during that encounter…

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Are Pret a Manger to blame?

By Jim Scott

An inquest last week has revealed the death of a girl two years ago was caused by a Pret a Manger sandwich. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died on a flight from London to Nice in 2016, after she ate a sandwich which contained ingredients she was allergic to, from Pret a Manger in Heathrow Airport. The inquest said the 15-year-old had been "reassured" by the lack of specific allergen information on the packet of a sandwich, the BBC reports.

But just days after the inquest. On Sunday 7th October, a second Pret customer died allegedly from suffering an allergic reaction to a sandwich which they thought was dairy-free. The customer collapsed and died in December 2017 after buying the "super-veg rainbow flatbread" from its Bath store, reports the London Evening Standard. But is the coffee-chain, with outlets across the world, to blame or could the problem lie elsewhere?

In the aftermath of the inquest it was uncovered that although the baguette which ultimately led to the death of Miss Ednan-Laperouse, did not have any allergen advice on its packaging. The UK regulations regarding labelling requirements for food produced on site meant it was considered sufficient for general warnings to be put up around each store. The labels which were reported to instruct customers to "consult staff for advice" were satisfactory enough for use in small sandwich shops, reports The Guardian.

But the inquest blasted the chain and called its labelling "inadequate", the BBC said. Coroner, Dr Sean Cummings said he would "report" the incident to the government for a rethink over whether large businesses like Pret should benefit from "small shop" regulations. In response, Pret pledged to include full ingredients on all its freshly made products.

Chief executive of Pret, Clive Schlee said: "I want to say again how deeply sorry we are for the loss of Natasha.

"I said we would learn from this tragedy and ensure meaningful changes happen. I hope these measures set us on course to drive change in the industry so people with allergies are as protected and informed as possible. Nothing is more important to Pret right now."

But as iNews reports. The death in 2016 and the recent death in December 2017 has since led food retailers to look into the way freshly-made food is labelled.

Greggs, with more than 1,700 small sandwich shops said they were "undertaking" a thorough review into labelling of their products. Meanwhile Costa Coffee reassured its customers that their pre-packaged food was labelled with the ingredients including specific allergens information.

Nordic Business Insider reports, Pret said they want to make it "as difficult as possible" for people with allergies to not see warning signs regarding allergies.

Prior to Sunday's reports of the second death. The government said it would look into food labelling regulations. Environment Secretary, Michael Gove said he had instructed civil servants to investigate a "law change" regarding the incident.

As latest news reports. The second person to allegedly die from a Pret sandwich has been attributed to a yoghurt which was in the sandwich at the time, reports The Daily Telegraph. In connection to the second death, Pret has claimed they were "mis-sold" guaranteed dairy-free yoghurt. According to the Guardian, yoghurt-makers CoYo are yet to comment.

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Family blames mislabeled food for death of 15-year-old with sesame allergy

Two years ago Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich that her family says did not list one critical ingredient: sesame.

Natasha, 15, was allergic to sesame.

This week, the West London Coroner's Court will hear from her family, British Airways and Pret a Manger.

There are two central questions: Was the allergen information listed correctly? And who is to blame for Natasha's death?

On July 17, 2016, Natasha ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette sandwich from Pret a Manger in London's Heathrow Airport while waiting for her flight to Nice, France, with her father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, and her best friend. According to a statement from her father, read in court Monday by the family's lawyer, Jeremy Hyam, she fell ill about 20 minutes later on her British Airways flight.

After Natasha broke out in hives "like a jellyfish sting" and complained of an itchy throat, her father administered the first EpiPen injection to her leg, according to the statement.

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILEPHOTO: An employee checks the stock levels of a chilled display of sandwiches and salads inside a Pret A Manger in London, April 21, 2015. An employee checks the stock levels of a chilled display of sandwiches and salads inside a Pret A Manger in London, April 21, 2015.

"Natasha said that she still couldn't breathe and desperately looked at me, she said 'Daddy, help me, I can't breathe,'" her father said.

When her symptoms failed to improve, her father said he administered a second EpiPen injection, also to her leg. Natasha fell unconscious on the flight and was pronounced dead in a hospital in Nice a few hours later.

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