Parents of man who died after eating takeaway pizza demand "full truth" 1 week ago

Parents of man who died after eating takeaway pizza demand "full truth"

James Atkinson suffered an extreme allergic reaction after eating one slice of pizza.

The parents of a man who passed away from an allergic reaction after ordering a pizza on Deliveroo have said that they want the "full truth" about what happened to their son.

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As Sky News reports, James Atkinson died in July 2020 after eating a slice of pizza from Dadyal Restaurant in Newcastle, which he ordered through the Deliveroo app. He was 23-years old.

James had a known peanut allergy, and according to his family, he passed away after suffering an extreme allergic reaction.

A pre-inquest into the circumstances surrounding his death is set to take place tomorrow at the Newcastle Coroner's Court.

Mr Atkinson's parents have said that their son was "conscientious" about checking ingredients, and that they want to hear the "full truth", about why he suffered the attack.

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They have also said that they'd like to see clearer displays on takeaway apps, so that allergy information would be "up front".

James' father told the Sunday Times: "We'd like to see a simple system where it comes up with a tick box before you make the order - do you have an allergy, yes or no?

"If you tick yes then it instructs you to contact the restaurant by telephone."

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He added: "Allergy information is always hidden away. It needs to be up front."

James' mother, meanwhile said: "What everybody needs is a clear, full list of ingredients on every item on a takeaway menu and a sticker on the takeaway box saying the allergens it contains.

"We'll never know if that would have saved James, but it might have done... we just don't want this to happen to another family."

The restaurant was removed from Deliveroo after James' death. At the time, there was a warning about contamination in the restaurant notes section on the app.

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In a statement, Deliveroo said: "This is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who so sadly passed away.

"Deliveroo has been in contact with the police, who confirmed that the company has acted properly at all times, and continues to comply fully with this investigation.

"The company will co-operate in full with the coroner's inquest and will share all information requested by the coroner.

"We are committed to doing all we possibly can to assist this investigation and our hearts go out to all those involved."