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Food Allergy Trial Launched

The parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died from an allergic reaction to a Pret baguette, have set up a clinical trial in order to “make food allergies history”.

There are 14 common food allergies which affect millions of people in the UK and worldwide. This trial will investigate whether these, taken under medical supervision, can treat food allergies.

Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse’s 15-year-old daughter Natasha died from anaphylaxis in 2016 when she eat a baguette from Pret which included sesame. The sesame was not labelled so sadly, Natasha was unaware what she was eating. She began to feel ill during the flight and suffered a cardiac arrest. Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, she died later the same day.

The sandwich did not contain the allergen on it’s wrapper because it was not required by law at the time. The parents have campaigned tirelessly to reduce the chances of this happening again to anybody else and they successfully campaigned to introduce Natasha’s Law in October last year, which requires full ingredient and allergen labelling on all food made on premises and pre-packed for direct sale.

The parents have now set up this £2.2m trial to investigate a treatment for food allergies. The hope is to evidence that sufferers of allergies can treat their allergies. It will recruit 216 people with allergies to cow’s milk or peanuts who will undergo a 12 month trial of treatment under medical supervision.

If the trial works, it means that allergies can be controlled and reduced by medical introduction and it will be the first step to helping millions of people live a happier and safer eating lifestyle.

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