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January 17, 2020

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Pret A Manger pleads not guilty to food allergy offence

Pret A Manger has pleaded not guilty to a food safety offence, after a student customer reported having an allergic reaction to a sandwich.

On 26 November 2017, a Pret customer suffered a severe allergic reaction from a chickpea and mango sandwich containing sesame.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC, representing Pret A Manger, declared that the company was not pleading guilty to one charge against section 14 of the Food Safety Act 1990, at Bristol Crown Court.

Prosecutor, Kate Brunner QC alleged that the company did not clearly identify the presence of sesame in the sandwich.

Ms Brunner said: “The customer was a student called Isobel Colnaghi who bought a sandwich under the impression that it did not contain sesame, to which she was extremely allergic. She checked the shelf ingredients and asked a member of staff. She subsequently ate that sandwich and suffered a severe reaction.”

Another trial has been scheduled for 2 November.

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