Food Allergies - undeclared allergensIf you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: email@example.com.
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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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3 December 2019:
EpiPen Junior supply issue
We have been advised by Mylan NZ that the supply of EpiPen® Jr 150mcg adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors has been delayed. This means that there is a shortage of EpiPen® Jr in New Zealand. We will update this notice as more information becomes available, including when normal supply is expected to resume. Please note that the supply of EpiPen® 300mcg adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors is NOT affected.
Process for obtaining an EpiPen® Jr 150mcg Adrenaline (epinephrine) Auto-Injector
Mylan, the supplier of EpiPen® Jr in New Zealand, has set up the following process to ensure those at risk of a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), have access to the emergency treatment they may need:
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has provided further advice on their website: https://www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/epipen-jr-supply-update
Can a higher dose of adrenaline be given to a young child if no EpiPen ®Jr is available?
In Australia and New Zealand, there are currently two doses of adrenaline auto-injectors available:
Whilst 10-20kg was the previous weight guide for a 0.15mg adrenaline auto-injector, a 0.15mg device may now also be prescribed for an infant weighing 7.5-10kg by health professionals who have made a considered assessment. Use of a 0.15mg device for treatment of infants weighing 7.5kg or more poses less risk, particularly when used without medical training, than use of an adrenaline ampoule and syringe.
A general guide to adrenaline auto-injector doses
ASCIA Guidelines for adrenaline auto-injector prescription are available at allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/adrenaline-autoinjector-prescription
11 November 2019:
Allergy NZ and Pub Charity Provide Free EpiPen® Auto-Injectors to Kids in Need
Latest food recalls
2 October 2019:
Food Recall – Undeclared allergen - Milk
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling all batches and all dates of its Pams brand Dark Chocolate Buttons due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk). People with a milk allergy or intolerance should not consume this product.
Food recall - undeclared allergens: soy, egg, fish and sesame
St Veyron Trading Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of Uni-President (TY) Soup Daren brand Instant Noodles (various flavours) as the presence of allergens (soy, egg, fish and sesame) may or may not be declared on the label. If you are not allergic or intolerant to any of the listed allergens or have purchased the products imported by another business, this recall does not affect you.here
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Guide to ACC Cover for Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)January 2018
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Hospitality training video27 July, 2016
Aimed at front-of-house staff, this video describes steps to take in serving a customer with food allergies.
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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 here.