The UK has some of the highest rates of allergic conditions in the world. Over 20% of the population being affected by an allergic disorder, and that could be growing.
Under Natasha’s Law, businesses should list all ingredients on pre-packaged food and give warning of potential triggers for allergic reactions.
So, if you have had an allergic reaction because of poor labelling or a lack of warning, you may be able to make a legal claim.
Natasha’s Law and the Current Law
Currently, food prepared on-premises does not need to display all allergen information. However, this can be dangerous for allergy sufferers, as it was for Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.
Natasha died of anaphylaxis in 2016 after unknowingly eating sesame in a sandwich. Because of this, her parents called for a change in legislation. In 2021, “Natasha’s Law” will come into full force.
Under the new law, all food businesses will need to include a full ingredients list on packaging. Businesses will, however, have a 2-year period to put these changes in place.
What Can I Claim For?
If you consume food with any of the below ingredients and suffered an allergic reaction because they were mislabeled or you didn’t have warning, you may be able to make a food allergy claim.
- Cereals containing gluten
- Crustaceans (prawns, lobster, crabs, crayfish)
- Molluscs, including clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid
- Mustard seed
- Sesame seeds
- Sulphur dioxide, which can be used as a preservative for dried fruit
However, you should know if you are allergic to certain foods, or intolerant. Intolerance may not always cause a reaction, so you may be able to eat small amounts of a food relatively safely. You should check with your doctor if you are unsure.
Get in Touch with Chris Rudd Solicitors
If you have had an allergic reaction and it wasn’t your fault, please get in touch. We can help you assess whether the food was mis-labelled and if you had adequate warning of possible allergens. Then, we can help you make a claim for compensation.
We can offer you:
- A team of friendly, professional experts
- No win no fee work in some cases
- Up to 15 minutes free initial advice
So, to get in touch please call 01925 351 350. Or, fill out the form on our contact page to get a call back.