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image captionNatasha Ednan-Laperouse died in a hospital in Nice after collapsing on a BA flight

The prime minister has called for a review of food labelling laws after a teenager died from an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger sandwich.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, went into cardiac arrest on a flight after buying a sandwich at Heathrow Airport in 2016.

Natasha had been "reassured" by the lack of specific allergen information on the packaging, the coroner found.

Theresa May said the government will look at food labelling responsibilities "individual companies" have.

Mrs May told BBC Breakfast: "This was an absolutely tragic case and our thoughts are with [Natasha's] family and friends over what happened.

"We have obviously to look at this issue, we have to look at the responsibility of individual companies as well.

media captionThe family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse have made an emotional statement after the inquest into her death

Natasha, from Fulham, west London, ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette and became ill after buying it at Terminal 5 early on 17 July 2016.

She began to feel ill during the British Airways flight, and suffered a cardiac arrest. She died later the same day.

The inquest heard the baguette contained sesame - which Natasha was allergic to - but the ingredient was not listed on the packaging.

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image captionTheresa May said the government "have obviously to look at this issue"

Currently, foods packaged on-site before a firm sells them do not need a specific allergen label attached.

As a result, Natasha's family said the labelling laws "played Russian roulette with our daughter's life".

Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, Natasha's father, said the inquest should "serve as a watershed moment to make meaningful change and save lives".

Pret a Manger said it was "deeply sorry for Natasha's death".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said on Monday he had instructed civil servants to investigate a law change.

Mr Gove said the family was "absolutely right" to say the law needs to be changed.

"I think their case is compelling and we need to act quickly in order to ensure that we have the best possible protection in place," he said.

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