Honorary Ambassador, Sir Peter Charles Leitch QSM, became involved with Allergy New Zealand because of his grandson, Ruben's, severe food allergies. His support and generosity over the past few years is immeasurable.
EpiPen expiry dates
- EpiPen Junior – Expiry April 2016
- EpiPen Adult – Expiry June 2016
For more information on the EpiPen, click here.
Anapen expiry dates
The supplier advised in June 2014 that the Anapen was out of stock in New Zealand. They have confirmed there is no likelihood the Anapen will be re-introduced during this calendar year (2015) in either Australia or New Zealand.
Food Allergies - undeclared allergens
If you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 693 721, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or your local Public Health Unit
For more details go to MPI Food Safety here
Information on potential food allergens that must be declared on food labels or made available to you if you ask for it. See the Food Smart website here
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Allergy Today Summer out soon!
The Summer issue of Allergy Today is just around the corner. You can pre-order your copy from our online shop, here.
Issue #155 looks at the ups and downs of Summer eczema, making ACC claims, back-to-school tips, low-allergy gardening, travelling with allergies and more.
Until then, you can still pick up a copy of the Spring #154 issue here.
New food recall notice from MPI
The Mediterranean Food Warehouse Limited is recalling four batches of 'Bertagni' brand Sweet Butternut Squash Ravioli 250g as these batches contain almonds and cashew nuts which are not declared on the product label.
Consumers with an allergy or intolerance to Almonds or Cashew nuts should not consume these products.
Please see the full notice here
Undeclared cows milk in coconut products
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is warning people with milk allergies or intolerance to avoid drinking some imported coconut milk drinks and powder that may contain milk or milk products as these allergens are not declared on the label. Under Australian and New Zealand food legislation, products which contain a presence of milk or milk products, must state that on the label.
Please see the full statement here:
Chief Executive privileged statement under Section 289 of the Food Act 2014 (PDF 197 KB)
Brands that have been identified so far:
- New: Soung Yueen & Co. Ltd are initiating a recall of Foco Roasted Coconut Juice (350ml can) (All Batches and All Dates)
- New: Vitasoy brand Coconut Soy Drink imported by Ettason (NZ) Company Ltd http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/elibrary/consumer/recall-vitasoy-brand-coconut-soy-drink.htm
Ettason (NZ) Company Ltd are initiating a recall of Vitasoy brand Coconut Soy Drink (All Batches and All Dates, 250ml Tetra-pak or 6 x 250ml Tetra-paks).
- Greentime brand Coconut Milk Drink is sold in a 500ml can, manufactured in Taiwan
- Coco Joy brand Pure Coconut Milk Drink (Banana, Chocolate and Coffee Flavours) is sold in a 500ml plastic bottle, manufactured in Vietnam
- V Fresh brand Coconut Milk Drink is sold in a 240ml can, manufactured in Thailand
- Orthodox Coconut Palm brand Coconut Palm Coconut Juice is sold in a 245ml can, 245ml Tetra-pak or 1000ml (1 litre) Tetra-pak, manufactured in China
- Yeniu brand Coconut Juice, 1.25kg bottle, manufactured in China
- Wahaha brand Coconut Juice, 245g can, manufactured in China
- Sasaya brand Coconut Drink, 335ml can, manufactured in Taiwan
- Emma brand Instant Coconut milk powder, 50g plastic foil single serve pack, manufactured in Malaysia
- Emma brand Instant Coconut milk powder, 1kg plastic foil bulk packet, manufactured in Malaysia
These products have been sold through various retailers throughout New Zealand including dairies, ethnic food stores and specialist sports stores.
For more information, please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries FoodSmart web site.
If you have any concerns about these products, please call MPI’s consumer helpline on 0800 693 721. If you have any health concerns please seek medical advice, see your GP or call Healthline 0800 611 116.
New Thai book
Our friends a My Food Allergy Friends have released a new Thai book - Thai's New Friend at Kindy. Copies are available here.
While this book covers many important issues regarding allergies in early childhood, it's sure to delight and educate its young readers.
This book is a must for any childcare centre, as an educational resource to aid allergy education.
Anaphylaxis Campaign - #takethekit
Our friends at Anaphylaxis Campaign have recently released a hard-hitting short film to alert severely allergic young people to the importance of carrying their Adrenaline Auto-Injector (AAI), the first line of treatment for anaphylaxis. Watch the video below and share it! Or go here.
Please click on the links below to view our latest video content.
Kids with Allergies
Patient Organisation Committee