NARF welcomes Pret a Manger labelling roll-out one year on from Natasha’s inquest

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The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation has welcomed today’s announcement by Pret a Manger of the completion of its roll-out of full ingredient and allergen labelling across its 391 UK shops.

Tanya Ednan-Laperouse, co-founder of NARF, said: "One year on from Natasha's inquest, we are extremely pleased that Pret a Manger has delivered on its pledge to learn the lessons and bring meaningful change for all allergy sufferers.

"Pret has shown that with a strong corporate determination to do the right thing, the food industry is capable of providing the necessary full allergen and ingredient labelling to give consumers the appropriate information and choices.”

"Their research also shows 88 per cent of the public support Natasha's Law, making it the most important priority for food retailers and customers amid the growing epidemic of allergies in the UK. Pret has taken the lead and we urge others to follow suit and prevent families in the future from suffering as we will always do.”

Over the last six months, Pret says it has carried out one of the biggest operational changes in the business’s history, introducing full ingredient labels in shops across the UK, supported by new labelling technology and a comprehensive training programme for over 9,000 Team Members.

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As a result of the change, all of Pret’s freshly made sandwiches, salads, baguettes and soups are now labelled on pack each day with a full list of ingredients, and the 14 EU declarable allergens highlighted in bold.

The roll-out followed a successful pilot in two shops in London Victoria in the wake of last year’s inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse in 2016. The initiative forms a key part of Pret’s Allergy Plan, launched in May 2019.

Earlier this month, the Government announced that new legislation, Natasha’s Law, will come into force in October 2021 which requires food businesses to fully label all food pre-packed for direct sale.

Tanya Laperouse