The EU aim to make information clearer and more consistent, and so created new rules on food allergen labelling which came into effect from 13 December 2014.

The new regulations also require cafes and restaurants to provide information on food allergens. This could be done in writing (for example, on a menu or a blackboard) or the information could be given verbally by a member of staff. Restaurant staff are no longer be able to say they don’t know, or aren’t sure whether the food they serve contains any of the major allergens.

One of the catalysts for the formation of the Anaphylaxis Campaign 21 years ago was the death of a 17 year old girl, Sarah Reading, who experienced a fatal anaphylaxis reaction after she ate a lemon meringue pie in a department store café. This dish had crushed peanut sprinkled on the top which she was not informed about by the restaurant staff, and was not marked on the menu.

A group of concerned parents, including Sarah Reading’s father David Reading, founded the Anaphylaxis Campaign to raise awareness of severe allergies and to improve food labelling and NHS care of the condition.