Swedish teen dead after eating tacos

A 16-year-old Swedish girl in eastern Sweden has died from an allergic reaction following a meal of tacos, with her family members now claiming that Swedish food needs clearer packaging contents.

Swedish teen dead after eating tacos

Elin Wahlgren, 16, from Gävle ate taco chips, quorn meat, guacamole and cheddar dip with a friend on Tuesday evening. Two days later she was dead. Wahlgren was allergic to nuts and her family has been left reeling by her death.

“She was very careful to read the packaging. If it said that the item contained nuts then she would choose something else,” her mother Ann-Sofie told the Gefle Dagblad newspaper.

The teenager was rushed to hospital after having difficulty breathing and despite frantic attempts to save her life she died on Thursday.

According to the hospital, Wahlgren’s death was cause by a severe allergic reaction. However, what exactly caused it remains unknown at present.

The leftover snacks are currently being analysed by the local health authority in Sandviken. Her mother said she wants more accurate text on packaging.

“We don’t know yet if it was because of the food but it does not feel good knowing these items remain on the shelves.”

The grieving mother is anxious to raise awareness of nut allergies.

“They talk about it a little but now it has become very obvious. You wonder why the topic is not raised. This should not need to hit more (people),” she added.

Doctor and allergy professor Magnus Wickman said that nut allergy deaths like Wahlgren’s are scarce in Sweden.

“It’s rare that people die of food allergies. In Sweden there have been three deaths in the last six years,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

He added that people suffering from nut allergies should always have two adrenaline shots on them in case of emergency.

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Sweden’s Gävle Christmas goat ready to return for festive season

Sweden's straw yule goat Gävlebocken, whose biggest claim to fame is its tendency to get burned down every year, is all set for its annual return on Sunday.

Sweden's Gävle Christmas goat ready to return for festive season
The ill-fated 2016 Gävlebocken. Photo: Pernilla Wahlman/TT

Every year, the Christmas goat (Gävlebocken) in the Slottstorget square in Gävle, central Sweden, attracts a media storm with locals dreaming up new ways to protect the arson-prone 13-metre-high creation.

Despite their efforts, including in some years spraying the goat in anti-flammable liquid, the goat usually goes up in flames long before Swedes have opened their Christmas presents.

Last year, the goat surprisingly made it to Boxing Day intact, to the delight of organisers, who were reported to have put a “secret” plan into effect to protect it.

In 2016 it was less fortunate, going down in flames mere hours after its inauguration.

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“Many people are invested” in the straw goat in Gävle, Maria Wallberg of the town’s municipality told TT.

The central Swedish town is naturally proud of its luckless Christmas decoration, despite the fact it has burned town 29 times during its 50-year history.

Thousands of people are expect to attend the unveiling of the goat on Sunday, with the ceremony to be presented by Swedish comedian Clara Henry.

“It means an incredible amount that the city has such a strong symbol which is known all over the world,” Wallberg said.

Security around the giant goat is expected to be high, both during its inauguration day and throughout December. Security guards and cameras will both be deployed to keep an eye on it behind its fencing, while a taxi rank has been moved to the square to increase the presence of people in the area.

“For security reasons, we can’t go into too much detail,” Wallberg said of any further precautions.

Historical precedent is against Gävlebocken. In its first year, 1966, it burned down on New Year’s Eve and it has only made it through the entire month on 15 occasions. It has been burned, stolen and vandalised. In 1976, someone drove a stock car into it.

Orörd = undamaged; uppeldad = burned down; annan skada = otherwise damaged; oklart öde = fate unknown. Graphic: TT

“An attack early in the season would mean cancellations at hotels and restaurants. So it is incredibly important for Gävle, Gävle’s businesses and for everyone who wants to visit the goat that it is still standing at New Year,” Wallberg said.

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