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Celia Marsh died after consuming a vegan wrap from Pret a Manger (Picture: PA Media)

Mrs Marsh, 42, a dental nurse from Melksham, Wiltshire, died on December 27, 2017, after consuming a super-veg rainbow flatbread from the chain’s retailer in Bathtub, Somerset. The coconut yoghurt used as dressing from Australian model CoYo, which was licensed for manufacture within the UK to British agency Planet Coconut, is believed to have had traces of milk in it.

An inquest at Avon Coroner’s Court docket in Bristol heard the mother-of-five religiously prevented dairy merchandise after a near-fatal allergic response just a few months earlier. That response noticed led to her taking 15 pictures of adrenaline.

Mrs Marsh had been on a post-Christmas buying journey together with her husband and three of her daughters when she went into Pret at round 2pm. She was declared lifeless lower than two hours later.

Customers have been seen climbing over her as she lay dying on the street whereas having the allergic response, the Mirror studies.

The entire of the wrap had been eaten, and the pot of CoYo yoghurt used to make it was thrown away earlier than Bathtub and North East Somerset Council started its investigation.

Testing on different pots discovered small portions of dairy protein within the product with traces present in one other rainbow wrap.

Though the court docket heard proof Mrs Marsh was an bronchial asthma sufferer and used an inhaler, Maria Voisin, the senior coroner for Avon, concluded she died from anaphylaxis.

outside Avon Coroner's Court in Bristol

Celia Marsh’s household outdoors Avon Coroner’s Court docket in Bristol (Picture: PA)

The inquest heard the yoghurt contained a starch which was manufactured in a facility that additionally dealt with dairy and that it carried a warning there was a danger of cross-contamination.

Ms Voisin stated Mrs Marsh died from “anaphylaxis triggered by the consumption of milk protein”.

The coroner informed the listening to: “She had a recognized allergy to take advantage of. On that day in Bathtub metropolis centre she had a super-veg rainbow flatbread which she believed was suitable for eating.

“She suffered an anaphylaxis attributable to milk protein within the yoghurt within the wrap. This brought about her to break down and, regardless of the efforts of medical groups concerned, she died.

“The wrap contained a product which was labelled as dairy-free yoghurt various however, regardless of this, contained milk protein which was the reason for Celia’s anaphylaxis.

“The contamination arose as a result of an ingredient within the yoghurt known as HG1 (a starch) had been cross-contaminated with milk protein throughout its manufacture.


outside Avon Coroner's Court in Bristol

Celia Marsh’s husband Andy Marsh and her household arrive for her inquest (Picture: PA)

Celia Marsh's

Celia Marsh’s household and their authorized workforce (Picture: PA)

“The producer of the dairy-free yoghurt had in its possession documentation that flagged this danger however this danger was not handed on to its clients.”

Through the two-week inquest a chemist acknowledged the amount of dairy within the wrap was too low to be measured with any diploma of accuracy, however he believed it undoubtedly contained milk.

Paul Hancock, an analytical chemist for Bathtub and North East Somerset Council, stated testing of the rainbow veg wrap discovered 0.55mg/kg of milk protein – beneath the extent at which it may be reliably measured by accepted testing procedures.

However testing by Mr Hancock at a Worcester Scientific Providers laboratory on two different pots of yoghurt discovered 3.1mg/kg of milk protein in a single and three.4mg/kg in one other.

Mr Hancock stated: “Utilizing the supporting proof of different evaluation, wanting on the complete product, the very fact CoYo yoghurt had milk in it, wanting on the complete image with the opposite elements, I believe it could be cheap to infer there was milk within the tremendous veg rainbow wrap.

“Will probably be for the court docket to resolve if the milk protein current was enough to trigger a response in Mrs Marsh.”

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A plastic protective screen at a branch of Pret a Manger

A protecting display screen at a department of Pret a Manger (Picture: PA)

It’s thought the contamination stemmed from the HG1 starch within the yoghurt equipped by Tate and Lyle Plc.

Baggage of the starch carried the warning “manufactured in a manufacturing facility that handles milk, eggs, cereals containing gluten, sulphur dioxide and sulphites”, however Bethany Eaton, the managing director of Planet Coconut, stated she was unaware of the danger.

Mrs Eaton stated she had been assured the yoghurt’s elements have been secure for folks with allergens by CoYo founder Henry Gosling.

She stated: “I did not ever dream it could comprise dairy after he (Henry Gosling) offered me a licence.

“He stated it was made in an allergen-free setting. He had an excellent relationship with Tate & Lyle. That was the reassurance he gave me and I revered that.”

The coroner requested Mrs Eaton whether or not she thought of testing the starch.

a closed branch of Pret a Manger in central London

A closed department of Pret a Manger in central London (Picture: PA)

She replied: “We by no means examined the product as a result of I used to be assured and believed it was being made in an allergen-free setting.

“I used to be informed there was a separate line or facility that was totally allergen-free and that is what we relied upon.”

She stated that since Mrs Marsh’s loss of life all merchandise are actually examined, regardless of the supply.

Pret was charged with meals security failures after Mrs Marsh’s loss of life, however the prosecution was dropped resulting from lack of proof.

The court docket heard that Pret sandwiches have been displayed subsequent to a warning stating it couldn’t assure its merchandise have been free from allergens.

Man Meakin, interim managing director of Pret a Manger, expressed his “excessive sorrow” to the household of Mrs Marsh for his or her loss.

He informed the inquest: “If we had recognized it had contained milk merchandise we’d by no means have used it.”

He stated all merchandise are actually labelled with elements and Pret had launched allergen danger assessments.

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