Natasha Ednan-Laperouse's family released the heartbreaking film of the smiling 15-year-old as a coroner criticised the "inadequate" labelling on the baguette today.

Sitting with her best friend, the teen happily showed off her freshly painted nails and gave the peace sign – just minutes before she went into anaphylactic shock from the sandwich.

Coroner Dr Sean Cummings today criticised the British Airways crew for failing to tell a doctor who battled to save the schoolgirl about a defibrillator on board the plane.

Speaking after the inquest today, her dad Nadim Ednan-Laperouse said the chain had played "Russian Roulette" with his daughters life, saying the inquest “should serve as a watershed moment to make meaningful change to save lives”.

The family broke down in tears as the coroner today recorded a narrative verdict at West London Coroner’s Court, finding that the teenager had been “reassured” by the lack of specific allergen information on the packaging of the Pret A Manger sandwich.

Dr Cummings added the information stickers were "inadequate in terms of visibility" and were "difficult to see".




Pret's Chief Executive Clive Schlee today vowed "meaningful change" would come from the inquest.

The coroner also praised Dr Thomas Pearson-Jones, who was on the flight and tried to save Natasha on his first day after graduating from medical school.

The crew failed to tell him about a defibrillator on board the flight from London to Nice and BA admitted landing the aircraft "took priority" over using it.

But Dr Cummings concluded them being able to access the defibrillator would not have made a "material difference" to Natasha's life as she suffered the fatal reaction.

He said: "Doctor Pearson-Jones was confronted by a rapidly evolving catastrophe.

"He was not told there was a defibrillator on board, an omission on the part of British Airways crew."

Dr Cummings said: "Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died of anaphylaxis in Nice on July 17 2016 after eating a baguette, purchased from Pret A Manger at London Heathrow's Terminal 5.





"The baguette was manufactured to Pret specifications and contained sesame to which she was allergic.

"There was no specific allergen information on the baguette packaging or on the (food display cabinet) and Natasha was reassured by that."

The coroner will make a report to Environment Secretary Michael Gove over whether large businesses should be able to benefit from regulations that allow reduced food labelling for products made in shops.

Currently, sandwiches that are hand assembled in store do not have to be individually labelled with allergen information, just the ingredients.

It comes after the coroner said he had "struggled" to see why on-board defibrillator was not used when the young girl went into shock from the allergic reaction.

Dr Cummings said he did not find it “entirely logical” that the heart-starting device was at the back of the aircraft but other medical equipment at the front.



Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, of Fulham, South West London, collapsed on a flight to Nice in July 2016 after a reaction to sesame seeds.

Reading a statement outside the inquest, dad Nadim said: "Our beloved daughter died in a tragedy that should never have happened.

"We believe this inquest showed that she died because of inadequate food labelling laws.

"We were also shocked to learn there have been a number of serious incidents involving sesame seeds at Pret A Manger before our daughter died.

"If Pret A Manger had followed the law, then the law was playing Russian roulette with our daughter’s life.

"It is clear the food labelling laws, as they stand today, are not fit for purpose.

"This is now the time to change the law. Natasha’s inquest should stand as a watershed moment to make meaningful changes to save lives."

Clive Schlee, Chief Executive of Pret A Manger said: "We are deeply sorry for Natasha’s death.

"We cannot begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel. We have heard everything the Coroner and Natasha’s family have said this week. And we will learn from this.

"All of us at Pret want to see meaningful change come from this tragedy. We will make sure that it does.”

Michael Hardacre, Head of Public Liability at Slater and Gordon, said: “When information about the contents of food is a matter of life and death, there can’t be room for error or misunderstanding.

"We’ve seen a rise in people suffering very serious and even fatal allergic reactions to food prepared on site which, under current regulations, is not required to carry a label highlighting of certain allergens. It’s clear the law in this area isn’t going far enough to protect vulnerable consumers from dangerous allergens.

"It is imperative that these labelling regulations are looked at immediately and every food supplier, big or small, has to follow the same guidelines. It really is a simple two minute labelling exercise that will save lives.”



 

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