Girl, 15, died on British Airways plane after eating Pret baguette

Ednan-Laperouse family

Ednan-Laperouse family

The family of a schoolgirl with severe food allergies who died after eating a Pret baguette said their pain is "indescribable".

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died after falling ill on a British Airways flight to Nice two years ago.

Natasha's father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, administered two EpiPen injections but she was declared dead hours later at a hospital in Nice.

An aspiring lawyer and talented ice skater, Natasha, from Fulham in London, had her "best ever" summer planned.

During the inquest the coroner will hear evidence from both the Pret a Manger store manager on the date Natasha bought the baguette, and the head of safety and compliance at the UK-based sandwich shop chain, which has 500 stores worldwide and was sold in May this year for £1.5bn.

Her father said: "We are still trying to adjust to life without our beloved girl".

Natasha's father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said in a statement: "It's a daily battle and the pain is indescribable". Everything we say and do is a reminder that she isn't with us; her empty bedroom, school uniform hanging in her wardrobe, her holiday bag packed for her holiday in Nice has never been unpacked. We can't bear to'.

The inquest is expected to last five days, and will examine rules around the labelling of pre-packaged food.

The sesame seeds are believed to have been baked into the bread, rather than have been spread over the crust.

However, outlets that prepare food on their premises, such as Pret, are not required to individually label their food products with such advice.

Instead, signs on shelves and tills at Pret warn customers of potential allergies or encourage them to speak to staff.

The inquest will also hear from British Airways staff over their actions to save Miss Ednan-Laperouse and what training and equipment was provided for such a situation.

A spokesman for Pret said: "We were deeply saddened to hear about Natasha's tragic death, and our heartfelt thoughts are with her family and friends".

A Pret spokesperson said: "We take food allergies and how allergen information is provided to our customers extremely seriously. We will to do all we can to assist the inquest".

The company added that it provides an Allergen Guide in shops showing those contained in its products.

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