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Death Of Teenager Highlights Importance Of FSA Allergen Regulations

New Rules Were Introduced In December To Provide More Information On Allergens


The death of a teenager from a suspected allergic reaction after a meal at a Manchester restaurant has highlighted the importance of new Food Standards Agency (FSA) rules for restaurants and takeaways.

Reports suggest that Shahida Shahid had a number of food allergies – including dairy and nuts – and suffered a suspected allergic reaction after eating at the Almost Famous restaurant in the Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester on Friday 9 January.

Greater Manchester Police and the Food Standards Agency have launched a joint investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

In December the FSA introduced new regulations requiring takeaways and restaurants to inform customers of the presence of the 14 main allergens present in food, in a bid to provide improved information to those who are allergic to certain foodstuffs.

The new rules were introduced after FSA research found 70% of people with allergies avoid buying takeaways due to a lack of trust in the information they are given.

The FSA said when the law came into force that it hoped it would reduce the number of reactions caused when people accidentally eat food they are allergic to due to a lack of information.

Expert Opinion
“While the exact circumstances of this tragic incident are not yet known, it is extremely concerning and vital that a thorough investigation is conducted by the FSA and the appropriate authorities.

“We have represented people who have suffered with allergic reactions, and it is crucial that any failings identified by the investigation are corrected immediately to avoid similar tragic incidents in the future.”
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner

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