This is the extraordinary image of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse on the BA flight shortly before she collapsed and died after eating a Pret baguette Pret A Manger's CEO has said his company will ensure there is 'meaningful change' following the death of a teenage girl who died of an allergic reaction due to 'inadequate' warning labels on her food. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, was on a dream trip to Nice with her best friend and her father when she ate a sandwich laced with sesame seeds not listed on the label. Today Pret was shamed by coroner Dr Sean Cummings who blasted their 'inadequate' packaging and said Natasha was falsely 'reassured' by wrappers and store signs at Heathrow Terminal 5. Following the hearing, CEO Clive Schlee said: 'We are deeply sorry for Natasha's death. We cannot begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel. 'We have heard everything the Coroner and Natasha's family have said this week. And we will … [Read more...] about ‘We will ENSURE meaningful change’: Pret boss apologises over death of girl, 15, who died of allergic reaction to sandwich with ‘inadequate’ warnings as he vows firm will improve labels
Tokyo: Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is bringing his electric scooters to Japan, hopeful that his celebrity status will help persuade regulators that the environmental benefits are important enough to relax some of the curbs on their use. Under current laws, scooters can only be driven on roads, they need to carry license plates, and riders require a motorcycle license. The world-record sprinter and co-founder of Bolt Mobility announced the launch at an event in a Tokyo restaurant on Friday. The initial goal is to limit its scooter rentals to private land, which is exempted from the traffic regulations, and to be operating on 40 university campuses by the end of 2020. Beyond that, representatives of the year-old American start-up are talking with regulators about easing restrictions, arguing its scooters can reduce traffic congestion and thereby reduce emissions. Bolt hopes his celebrity can help deliver that message. "We're still talking and trying to figure out how to … [Read more...] about Usain Bolt brings his e-scooter to Japan despite regulatory road bumps
The coroner presiding over the inquest into the death of a 15-year-old girl in July 2016 has determined that the Pret a Manger baguette she ate shortly before she died was inadequately labelled. Despite containing sesame seeds, the packaging for the artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette did not flag any potential allergens, leaving her to feel “reassured” that she could eat it safely. Having done so, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse collapsed during her flight to Nice, suffering a cardiac arrest. She died hours later. In the year before Natasha died, nine other customers suffered allergic reactions, six of which were linked to similar “artisan baguettes”. The incidents led to warnings about the dangers of not labelling allergens. Yet a year after the teenager’s death, a health officer allegedly found no allergen stickers at the till area during a visit to the same Heathrow branch. For those with life-threatening allergies, the situation will sound frustratingly … [Read more...] about I nearly died because of an allergic reaction. Will we learn from the Pret case?
Protesters stage a rally to oppose a visit by U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The sign reads "We demand to abolish the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, an intelligence-sharing agreement between South Korea and Japan." less Protesters stage a rally to oppose a visit by U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The sign reads "We demand to abolish the ... more Photo: Ahn Young-joon, AP Photo: Ahn Young-joon, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Protesters stage a rally to oppose a visit by U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 15, … [Read more...] about Japan, S Korean envoys, execs discuss ways to cool tensions
New Delhi: The economic wing of RSS, Swadeshi Jagran Manch has welcomed the government’s move to clamp down on “predatory behaviour” of e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Flipkart. New guidelines bar ecomm players from selling products in which they have stakes, and also prohibits them from entering into any exclusive agreement for the sale of a product. Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has now asked the Income tax department to intensify its process to “investigate the round tripping of money” by the major ecommerce giants. “The government has finally come around to addressing the woes of small traders but that doesn’t mean these big players who took the system for granted all these months should be allowed to operate unpenalised,” SJM head Ashwani Mahajan told ET. Tightening norms of operations for e-commerce firms like Flipkart and Amazon, the government on Wednesday barred them from selling products of the companies in which they have … [Read more...] about Swadeshi Jagran Manch welcomes curbs on ‘predatory behaviour’