Fam­ily wait­ing for an­swers

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The fam­ily of a woman who died in Bath af­ter eat­ing a sand­wich from Pret a Manger is still wait­ing for an­swers nearly nine months af­ter an in­quest into her death first opened. Celia Marsh died at the Royal United Hos­pi­tal in De­cem­ber 2017 af­ter eat­ing a “su­per-veg rain­bow flat­bread” bought from the Stall Street branch of Pret. Pret be­lieves the 42-year-old Melk­sham mother suf­fered a fa­tal al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to one of the in­gre­di­ents in what was meant to be a dairy-free sand­wich The in­quest into her death of­fi­cially opened at Avon Coro­ner’s Court on Jan­uary 17, but a full hear­ing was ad­journed pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries. A date has not yet been set for this. The court is wait­ing for the re­sults of tox­i­col­ogy tests, but the coro­ner would not make any com­ment. A spokesman for the court said: “The mat­ter is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and the coro­ner is not giv­ing an of­fi­cial state­ment.” The fam­ily of Mrs Marsh broke their si­lence yes­ter­day in a state­ment re­leased by lawyers act­ing on their be­half. They said: “We have kept a dig­ni­fied si­lence since the death of Celia in De­cem­ber last year as the fam­ily has come to terms with her sud­den and un­ex­pected death. “We are also await­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into how she died. “She was a much-loved mother, daugh­ter, sis­ter and wife. “We miss her greatly and we just want the an­swers to why she died af­ter eat­ing lunch with her fam­ily.” Pret A Manger has said the ‘dairy-free’ Coyo yo­ghurt it used in the sand­wich con­tained traces of dairy protein. But the sup­plier, Planet Co­conut, has de­scribed Pret’s claims as “un­founded”.

Celia Marsh, cen­tre, with four of her five daugh­ters

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