Allergy UK welcomes Pret's labelling commitment
Allergy UK welcomes the announcement from Pret a Manger that the company will list all ingredients, including allergens, on its freshly made products, with trials starting from next month and a roll out to all UK shops as quickly as possible.
Following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse Allergy UK has called for an urgent review of the existing regulations which do not require food prepared on a retail site to be labelled with allergen information. We understand that the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has already ordered an investigation into changing the law. We hope that other companies preparing pre-packed food on their premises will follow Pret’s example and take the initiative to urgently address what has been referred to as a ‘loophole’ in the regulations.
We also welcome Pret’s commitment to working with others, including charity groups, to bring about change to better protect people with allergies. We have already been in contact with Pret a Manger to express our willingness to work with them and provide any advice and help that we can to help them fulfil their commitment. We would also welcome the opportunity to work with any other food chains who may be prompted to consider allergen labelling as a result of this tragic incident.