First off, a man in NYC sued Pret in 2016 (before Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died) after he also suffered a severe reaction to unlabelled sesame. Pret WON the case!
What is crazy is that in the USA sesame did NOT have to be labelled as part of their 8 allergen, but in Canada it has to be labelled. Only now that Biden has signed a bill to include sesame also in the U.S. will it be included.
I recommend reading the full court document below on this, it shows that the supplier DID take responsibility to LABEL the product for USA customers because they kept in mind that their product may also be sent to Canadian customers.
Yet, Pret not only did NOT label THEIR products, they didn’t even see this lawsuit as a warning sign to start labelling, and ignored multiple warnings as well as ignoring NINE further reactions to allergen according to the inquest into Natahsa’s tragic death.
Quote from below article:
»It’s a tragedy, and I hoped that my case would have been the wakeup call to Pret a Manger,” New Yorker David Matt says in a phone call with Allergic Living.
Matt, 34, unsuccessfully sued the giant global sandwich chain after having a life-threatening reaction in the fall of 2015. He describes “feeling completely devastated” as he learned in a local newspaper about the late September inquest into the 2016 death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. She’d suffered a catastrophic allergic reaction to a baguette sandwich from Pret a Manger at England’s Heathrow airport. …
In 2016, Matt filed a lawsuit against Pret a Manger and bakery supplier Damascus Bakery. According to court documents, his case was dismissed because “sesame is not considered to be a major food allergen [in the United States], it cannot be said that Pret a Manger misbranded or falsely labeled its sandwich.”«
Link to article
The FULL 10 page court document: Matt v Pret A Manger (USA) Ltd.
In another allergy case regarding unlabelled sesame, after another student, Isobel Colnaghi, allegedly suffered a reaction to a Pret product in 2017, Pret face another trial in Bristol Crown Court on 02. November 2020:
Another Trial started on 06. December 2019 in Bath, after Celia Marsh died of dairy traces in a vegan wrap in 2017:
>>> Pret a Manger set aside £10m for food allergy scandal costs, accounts reveal <<< Via TheGrocer.co.uk
£10 million is quite a joke compared to the £30 million BONUS that Clive Schlee alone pocketed after the JAB purchase.
UPDATE January 2021:
Celia Larsh’s family sues Pret for damages:
I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather starve and speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote two articles in the Scottish Left Review: 1. “Late Night Girl’s” Story with Pret and 2. Pushing Back Against Pret.
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