With it being food allergy awareness week, it seems a good opportunity to have a look at issues surrounding this.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests in the UK there are an estimated 2 million people living with a diagnosed food allergy and 600,000 with coeliac disease. These figures exclude those with food intolerance such as lactose.
It was only last year that a Coroner reported allergy labelling as inadequate when a 15 year old went into cardiac arrest on a flight after buying a sandwich at Heathrow Airport in 2016 and sadly died.
Last week the FSA proposed that food outlets should list all ingredients in order to protect customers with allergies. The government said it welcomed the agency's input, adding: "We are working at pace to bring forward legislation that ensures food allergy suffers can feel safe and secure.”
If you have a food intolerance this can be quite problematic. Restaurants are aware of the issues and will normally provide warnings on a menu. We are all used to seeing such warnings about allergies on food products in a supermarket and suchlike.
Allergy UK provide translation cards, printed in English on one side and the language of the country you are visiting on the reverse, which feature an allergy alert message to ensure that a food order is free from a particular allergen that causes the reaction. There are cards for over 70 different allergens available in 36 languages!
At times of a food allergy striking, it is often necessary to act very quickly and the situation can often be more distressing for friends and family who may be witnessing the episode.
If you think that you have suffered a food allergy due to a food product, either incorrectly labelled, or within a restaurant setting, you may be able to make a claim. Please see us on line at www.morganjonespett.co.uk or call 01603 877000.