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Food allergens: The hidden danger

Food allergens and the dangers they pose continue to make the news.

In recent years we’ve seen the Food Standards Agency recalling more and more products because they’ve been found to contain known allergens.

Some ingredients produce unpleasant side effects for those with an allergy or intolerance while others can result in fatalities.

Manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure that their products are properly labelled so that known food allergens or potential contamination is clearly marked.

In 2018, international sandwich chain Pret a Manger hit the headlines when 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse went into cardiac arrest and died after eating one of their sandwiches.

There was no advisory label on the sandwich or in the outlet that would have alerted Natasha to the fact that it contained sesame, something she was allergic to.

Following the tragic death, the chain implemented labelling on all their freshly made sandwiches.

More recently, the Co-op recalled doughnuts that were found to contain soya which wasn’t mentioned on the label and Lidl has recalled Baresta Pesto over concerns that it may contain peanuts.

Katrina Elsey, personal injury lawyer comments: “Allergic conditions or reactions have increased over recent years.

“Adequate allergy warnings on food products, in restaurants, supermarkets and takeaway stores are therefore vital to ensure consumer safety.

“I have represented many clients with a known nut allergy who have suffered an anaphylactic reaction after unwittingly consuming nuts either because products were incorrectly labelled or due to nut ingredients in dishes served to them in a restaurant or takeaway.

“Anaphylactic reactions can often cause high levels of distress and sometimes hospitalisation or even death. “

If you have suffered an allergic reaction from a food product that was either inadequately labelled or if a restaurant or takeaway failed to provide sufficient warning or information concerning allergens, you may be entitled to compensation. Call and speak to our friendly team today – 01302 320621 or email

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