Natasha's Law

Angus MP Kirstene Hair has urged the SNP government to follow the UK’s lead by introducing ‘Natasha’s Law’ on food allergy labelling.

Under the new UK legislation, food businesses will have to include full ingredients labelling on all pre-packaged food.

The law, which will apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will come into force in 2021.

It follows the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse after a reaction to a Pret A Manger baguette.

Scottish Conservative MP Ms Hair wrote to UK ministers on the issue and spoke in a Westminster on the issue following concerns raised by a constituent. 

Ethan McColgan, who is 15, suffers from a severe nut allergy. He is one of two million people across the UK who have food allergies.

Ms Hair said: “I very much welcome the announcement from the UK Government that ‘Natasha’s Law’ will be brought forward.

“I have raised this issue with DEFRA ministers on behalf of my constituents the McColgan’s, who are rightly concerned about labelling of food.

“Allergy sufferers like Ethan need clear and accurate labelling on food packaging so that they can have confidence in what they are eating.

“The consequences of a failure to do so can be devastating.

“Nobody wants to see a repeat of the horrendous incident involving Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.

“I urge the SNP government will follow the UK’s lead and put legislation in place to force food manufacturers to improve labelling and protect allergy sufferers across Scotland.”