'Natasha's law' allergy labelling change to apply in Wales

Supermarkets and food retailers will need to give more information about ingredients. Credit: PA

Food allergy sufferers in Wales are due to be protected under a new law which would mean stricter rules around how ingredients are labelled on pre-packed food.

The environment and rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths confirmed the Welsh Government will be introduce the measures in line with the UK Government.

She says her officials have been discussing the issue and measures will be brought forward.

Under current rules, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold - such as a packaged sandwich or salad made by stafff - is not required to display allergen information on the package.

This follows a campaign by the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died in 2016 after suffering a severe allergic reaction after unknowingly eating sesame contained in an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette she had bought from a Pret a Manger at Heathrow Airport.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died of anaphylaxis. Credit: PA

The change is set to be implemented in England and Northern Ireland by 2021.