Pret claims over second allergy death 'unfounded'

The company that Pret A Manger has accused of supplying a contaminated yoghurt suspected to have caused a second allergy death has refuted the claims as "unfounded".
Pret said the customer with a dairy allergy - who has not been named - died after having an allergic reaction to a sandwich bought from a branch in Bath in December 2017.An investigation is under way after she collapsed after eating a vegan wrap which had been contaminated with dairy protein.Her sandwich choice was a super veg rainbow wrap, made with CoYo yoghurt, a coconut milk brand, and the death reportedly triggered a national recall of the product.However, CoYo claimed the dairy-free product supplied to Pret in December 2017 was not linked to the product it recalled in February 2018 as "that was made with a contaminated raw material that was only supplied to us in January 2018".

In a statement, Pret A Manger said: "CoYo, the dairy-free yoghurt brand which supplies supermarkets and shops across the UK, mis-sold to Pret a guaranteed dairy-free yoghurt that was found to contain dairy protein."This is believed to have resulted in the tragic death of a customer from an allergic reaction in December 2017."As soon as Pret was made aware of this incident by Bath Council, it withdrew all affected products."Subsequent testing by Pret and two independent authorities found that the CoYo dairy-free yoghurt contained traces of dairy protein."Pret informed the FSA which led to a national product recall from all supermarkets and businesses supplied by CoYo."Pret terminated its relationship with CoYo UK and is in the process of taking legal action."Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of our customer in this terrible case and we will seek to assist them in any way we can."
Pret claims over second allergy death 'unfounded'

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CoYo said in a statement: "The claims made by Pret are unfounded."Pret's inability to provide us with a batch code, despite several requests, has severely limited our ability to investigate this further."In February 2018, working closely with Bexley local authority and the FSA, we issued a precautionary product recall after trace amounts of dairy ingredients were identified in materials used to make our product. This contamination was traced to a third-party supplier who we no longer work with.
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