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Food Allergies - undeclared allergens

If you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: info@mpi.govt.nz.

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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3 December 2019:

EpiPen Junior supply issue
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION re: EpiPen® Jr 150mcg Adrenaline (epinephrine) Auto-Injector

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:

  • Patients requiring an EpiPen® Jr are being directed to contact their local pharmacy.
  • Pharmacies can then contact the Mylan Consumer Freephone on 0800 168 169 or info@mylan.co.nz to obtain instructions on how to access the emergency supply.
  • During the current supply constraint, only ONE EpiPen® Jr should be dispensed to each patient.

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:

  • EpiPen® (0.3mg) is usually prescribed for adults and children, weighing over 20 kg.
  • EpiPen®Jr (0.15mg) is usually prescribed for children, weighing 7.5 -20 kg.

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

  • Children under 7.5kg are not usually prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector. If anaphylaxis is suspected, only a 0.15mg device should be given. Higher dose adrenaline auto-injectors should NOT be administered to children under 7.5kg.
  • In children weighing 7.5-20kg, a 0.15mg adrenaline auto-injector should be used. However, if only a 0.3mg device is available, this should be used in preference to not using one at all.

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
Many New Zealand children with severe allergies will receive free, lifesaving EpiPen® auto-injectors in the next year, thanks to FundaPen™ - a ground-breaking collaboration between Allergy New Zealand and Pub Charity.

From Monday 11 November, 2,500 free EpiPen® auto-injectors will be available to young people, who have a doctor-diagnosed allergy and are at risk of anaphylaxis.

The FundaPen collaboration follows numerous attempts in the last 15 years to have EpiPen® auto-injectors publicly funded through PHARMAC. It will directly benefit children between the ages of 2 and 18 years who are Māori, Pasifika, live in a quintile 5 region or hold a Community Services Card.

“The initiative should provide some relief for families who currently struggle to buy an EpiPen® at a cost of $120 to $350 each year,” Allergy NZ Chief Executive Mark Dixon says. “We have been doing all we can to have EpiPen® auto injectors funded and while this is by no means the ideal way, we hope it will help many families in the short term.” “We continue to hope that EpiPens® will eventually be publicly funded, as they are in Australia.”

Pub Charity CEO Martin Cheer says, “Pub Charity was delighted to support the FundaPen™ initiative and help young people with severe allergies to have the life-saving medication they need.”

The $300,000 Pub Charity donation is strictly for the purchase of the EpiPen® auto-injectors from Allergy Pharmacy, who in turn will purchase them from Mylan NZ Ltd. Allergy New Zealand will not receive any financial benefit from the donation.

Miranda Munn said she was delighted that her daughter, Alanah would be receiving a free EpiPen® this year. “I know we have to have a current EpiPen® available for Alanah but finding that much money is very difficult. We also have other medical bills, including those for Alanah’s asthma.” To obtain one of the free EpiPen® auto-injectors, families will need to visit their family doctor.


 

Annual Report


Allergy New Zealand’s 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 18 September. The Annual Report was approved (for a copy go here). The Board was elected/re-elected as for 2019/20 as follows:

  • Chair                                  Jilesh Mistry
  • Deputy Chair                     Dot Louie
  • Secretary                           Kristen de Monchi
  • Treasurer                           Matt Coulter
  • Board Member                   Hemant Lad
  • Honorary Auditor                Browne’s Accountants
  • Honorary Solicitor              Alexandra Sharman
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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.

Learn more:
Pams brand Dark Chocolate Buttons

25 September 2019:

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.

Learn more:
Uni-President (TY) Soup Daren brand Instant Noodles

For the latest food recalls including those for undeclared allergens, read here

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Nip Allergies in the Bub

See the latest advice on Allergy prevention from Australia's National Allergy Strategy here.

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2018 Food Allergen Labelling Guide

There are now 10 food allergens which must be declared on labels, and/or information provided on food for sale. Allergy New Zealand’s 2018 Food Allergen Labelling Guide is available here.

Guide to ACC Cover for Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)

January 2018
The ACC guide, developed in consultation with Allergy New Zealand and Allergy specialists, is now available online here 
For more information on anaphylaxis, and advice on ACC claims, go here

Hospitality training video

27 July, 2016

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Aimed at front-of-house staff, this video describes steps to take in serving a customer with food allergies.
 
Find more information here.

 

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.

 

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