Leon does NOT tell people with allergies to eat there as & # 39; can not guarantee that dishes are allergen-free & # 39;
Leon does NOT tell people with allergies to eat in their restaurants because they can not guarantee that dishes are allergen-free & # 39;
- Leon restaurant labels its food allergens and claims that certain meals are free from & # 39; to be
- But their website states that it can not guarantee that the food does not contain allergens
- They have been criticized for their mixed messages & # 39; about different allergens
- Will find out, mother of boy who has allergies, is sent away from restaurant
Charlie Bayliss for Mailonline
Fast food chain Leon has warned customers with severe allergies not to eat because it can not guarantee that the food is completely free of allergens.
Co-founder and CEO John Vincent wrote on the company's website that although the restaurants are free & # 39; eating, the fact that they deal with allergens, means that it can not completely exclude a similar incident with the death of a teenage girl at Pret a Manger.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, got a deadly allergic reaction to sesame seeds in Pret & # 39; s bread at Heathrow Airport in 2017.
Leon has been criticized for his & # 39; mixed messages & # 39; after he has food & # 39; free from & # 39; had noticed, but warn that it could not guarantee the safety of the customer
And on December 30, 2016, an allergy to nut allergy, Megan Lee, died after eating the Royal Spice Takeaway at Oswald Whistle, Lancashire, on December 30, 2016.
After an investigation into the death of Natasha, environment minister Michael Gove promised to restrict food labeling, but Natasha's parents fear that such general warnings by food chains are confusing.
Leon's move to warn allergy sufferers has caused indignation at diners who claim that the chain needs to do more to ensure the safety of its customers.
An account called Allergy Dad wrote: & # 39; They might as well say that they can not guarantee that food poisoning will never happen, so therefore all customers should consider eating carefully at their institution #EpicFail # natashaslaw & # 39;
Jude Wakefield wrote: "It is just as lazy to respond as they did: it is as simple as food hygiene and frankly if they can not deal with allergies, they admit that their kitchen is not hygienic. & # 39;
Another person wrote: "I personally have several life-threatening food allergies and I think it is a huge responsibility for restaurants to help people with life-threatening food allergies.
A proposed law that forces food chains to wear proper allergen warnings could be introduced in the coming weeks. It is & # 39; Natasha & # 39; s Law & # 39; named in memory of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, left, who died in July 2016 after having eaten a Pret a Manger sandwich filled with sesame seeds. Okay, Natasha's parents Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse
Environmental Secretary Michael Gove (photo) promised to restrict food labeling, but Natasha's parents fear that such general warnings by food chains may be confusing
& # 39; I understand where they come from. It is rotten, but it is reality. & # 39;
In a blog on Leon, Mr. Vincent emphasized that people would not be turned away from the restaurant if they were suffering from allergies, but wanted to make people aware of the risks.
He claimed that restaurants treated all allergens, but precautionary measures were taken against cross-contamination, such as preserving porridge made from dairy and cashew nuts on different shelves and serving them with different colored ladles.
Vincent wrote: "Despite the enormous focus we put on processes and training and controls, there is no guarantee that dishes are free from allergens. This is not because we take a lax approach to allergens. It is because we can not guarantee – 100% – that no mistakes will be made.
Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent Opening of the new department of & # 39; Leon & # 39; Restaurant in Spitalfields Market
The complete statement of Leon co-founder John on their website
& # 39; The idea that LEON can harm one of our guests is gruesome. And we would therefore like to ask those of you with severe allergies to carefully consider whether you choose to dine with us.
We appreciate how frustrating this should be for you, but nothing is more important than your safety. That is why we will continue to tell so many people in as many ways as possible. & # 39;
Alexa Baracaia, the eight-year-old son Sidney is allergic to eggs, peanuts, nuts, sesame and lentils, said chains were & # 39; afraid & # 39; after she was turned away from a strand Strand.
She wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Just told by @ leonrestaurants on The Strand * not * to eat there as the allergies of our son & # 39; life threatening & # 39; He says it's a new policy & # 39; is. What do you say about that @JohnV_LEON @HenryDimbleby? We have had great service before – now you decide that you can not take it ??? # allergy & # 39;
She told the Times: "No allergy sufferers expect to be able to enjoy every provider. We also do not demand 100 percent guarantees. If they say "we can do this" with one hand, but on the other hand "we can not guarantee this", it denies all the good things they do. & # 39;
Leon said it was not their policy to reject allergy sufferers in response to Ms. Baracaia.