Duchess of York says she talks ‘every day’ to photo of schoolgirl who died from eating Pret baguette after consoling parents when they brought her body home as Natasha’s Law is launched in 15-year-old’s honour
- Sarah Ferguson comforted parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse when she died
- Natasha had an allergic reaction on a flight to Nice after eating sesame seeds
- Her parents have secured law demanding stricter listing of ingredients on food
- Duchess of York has helped them in their legal fight over the past three years
Sarah Ferguson has revealed how she comforted grieving parents hours after they mourned the loss of the 15-year-old who died from an allergic reaction to sesame seeds.
The Duchess of York appeared on This Morning today after helping to secure Natasha’s law, named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, which will introduce a tightening of food labelling rules.
Sat alongside Natasha’s father, Nadim, and her mother, Tanya, she told how very day she speaks to a picture of the schoolgirl, who went into shock due to an ‘inadequately labelled’ Pret a Manger sandwich.
‘Every day I keep a picture of Natasha and I talk to her,’ she said. ‘So as I go by her every morning, I say, “It’s all right Natasha we’ve got this, we got this, we’ve got you”.’
Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse are pictured alongside the Duchess of York on today’s episode of This Morning, during which Sarah Ferguson revealed how she comforted the grieving parents
How will Natasha’s Law affect customers and shoppers?
The new legislation will tighten the rules by requiring foods that are pre-packed directly for sale to carry a full list of ingredients, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
It will apply to England and Northern Ireland and is due to come into force by summer 2021.
Currently pre-packed foods, such as sandwiches and salads, which are prepared on the premises where they are sold do not need to carry labels.
Sandwich manufacturers say the rules could force small shops out of business.
The Federation of Small Businesses said it would be ‘challenging’ for some firms to implement the new rules because of the extra costs.
She became involved in the fight to change the law when she saw the parents crying on a return flight from Nice as they flew their daughter’s coffin home.
‘I was going through the airport and I heard them really crying,’ she told the show. ‘On the airplane I was sitting right behind them and put my hand rather rudely over the top.
‘And I said “I’m so sorry, I’ve just got to know, is there anything I can do? I feel so much pain for you”’.
The Duchess was then horrified to be told that their teenager had died on the flight out to France.
Nadim told her that their daughter’s coffin was being flown in storage right beneath their seats after she died despite him administering her epipen.
‘As a mother I just went “oh my gosh what can we do?”‘ the Duchess said today. ‘I just kept my hand there I was so pushy.’
She vowed to fight for a change in the law alongside the parents following that meeting three years ago.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse (pictured with her father Nadim), 15, died three years ago after suffering a reaction and going into shock on a flight when she unwittingly ate sesame seeds to which she was allergic
Today Environment Secretary Michael Gove will confirm a tightening of food labelling rules called ‘Natasha’s Law’.
Nadim told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that today is ‘a momentous day because Natasha’s law is coming to fruition’.
‘That covers millions and millions of food products,’ he said. ‘That will help well over 2 million people and growing to have safer lives.
‘You could actually die within an hour from the food you eat, it’s really shocking. One peanut has enough proteins in it to kill six people, it’s a really big issue.
The Duchess added: ‘Forty-four per cent of adults are now suffering from allergies that’s why Natasha’s law is so important.’
Environment Secretary Michael Gove (pictured) will today announce that ‘Natasha’s Law’ will come into force within two years as part of a major tightening of food labelling rules