Guilty of manslaughter.
This is the verdict for a restaurant owner who killed a customer by lying about peanuts in his dishes.
This wasn’t just an accident, a mistake or an oversight. This was a stubborn disregard for rules, safety and the lives of others. A restaurant owner, trying to cut costs, supplemented his ingredients for cheaper alternatives and failed to declare peanuts in his meals. Only weeks before, a teenager had a serious allergic reaction after eating a ‘nut free’ curry and trading standards warned him to change his information. He didn’t and Paul Wilson had an anaphylactic reaction and died after eating a takeaway.
It is a tragic story but it is also an important one.
It is important for raising awareness about how serious allergies can be and it is important for businesses to understand they are not beyond the law.
However, where there are villains there are also victors.
In the same week, Morrisions have launched their new FreeFrom TV advert. It will warm the heart of any allergy parent. At a party, a little boy is excited to find he can eat everything on the table as it is all safe for him. This may seem such a simple thing for most people but it touches the heart of the matter for most children – inclusion. While we are worrying about their safety, they are worrying about being the same as their friends.
I was invited to see their new FreeFrom range recently and was impressed by the care and effort they are putting into it.
Take a look at the new advert let me know if it brought tears to your eyes too…