Pret A Manger confirm second customer death due to allergic reaction

Marco Green
October 9, 2018

A second customer who is believed to have died after an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger product has been named.

Now the company has confirmed that, following Ednan-Laperouse's death on board a British Airways flight in 2016, a second person passed away past year after eating a flatbread that was supposed to be non-dairy.

The Food Standards Agency investigated along with Bexley council in London, where CoYo is based, before it issued an allergy alert.

The FSA warned the products were "a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents" but made no mention of a death. The dairy-free product we provided to Pret in December 2017, at the time of this tragedy, is not linked to the product we recalled in February 2018.

Pots were also pulled from supermarket shelves across the country.

The British sandwich franchise said they mis-sold a guaranteed dairy-free product from COYO, a dairy-free yogurt brand, in an email statement to Euronews.

Lunch chain Pret a Manger is investigating a 2017 death possibly caused by an allergic reaction to a mislabeled product.

Bath's council alerted Pret to the incident and the chain said it then withdrew all affected products, ended its CoYo contract and launched legal action.

Pret said in a statement that "their deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of our customer in this awful case and we will look to help them in any way we can". A spokesman for the coroner said it was still waiting for the results of pathology tests.

Pret a Manger Chief Executive Clive Schlee said in a statement that the fast-food chain was "deeply sorry" for her death.

The investigation into the December death follows an inquest into the 2016 death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a 15-year-old who died after eating a sandwich whose label did not mention sesame allergens included in the item.

'Pret says it has recognised there is much more it can do, we agree.

But on Sunday, CoYo denied this was related, saying that product was supplied to it in January - after the woman's death.

"We have always taken food safety and allergen control extremely seriously".

In February, CoYo announced it was "devastated" to discover dairy in its yoghurts "especially as being dairy-free sits at the heart of everything we do".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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