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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:

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 New Zealand is a national charity that offers reliable information, education and support so you can manage your or your child's allergy, and live an active and healthy lifestyle. Start your Allergy Journey here

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Closing Times for Christmas 

Allergy New Zealand will close for the Christmas/New Year holidays, from Thursday 19 December 2019, and re-open Monday 13 January 2020. We will also be closed for the Auckland Anniversary Weekend, from 23 to 28 January.

The last day for orders for the Shop Online for delivery by Christmas will be Monday 16 December 2019. Orders received after that will be processed the week of 6 January 2020.

Best wishes for a happy and allergy-safe Christmas and New Year,
From the team at Allergy New Zealand

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Latest news

20 December 2019: The EpiPen Junior Shortage RESOLVED

A shipment of EpiPen® Jr 150mcg adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors has been cleared today (20 December 2019) for distribution in New Zealand. This has been approved by Medsafe NZ as per their alert: Mylan NZ has also provided an update, which can be seen on iStock-875917042-766

The supply of EpiPen® 300mcg adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors is NOT affected.

At the beginning of December, we were advised by Mylan NZ that the supply of EpiPen® Jr 150mcg adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors was delayed because of a manufacturing issue, causing a temporary shortage. The manufacturing issue was found to be the detection of a low-level presence of another medicine, pralidoxime, in several batches of ​EpiPen® Jr 150mcg adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors. A batch has now been approved by Medsafe for New Zealand distribution.

Medsafe’s Advice for consumers and caregivers

“If EpiPen Jr is needed to treat anaphylaxis, it should be used. In the situations in which EpiPen® Jr is used, administration of adrenaline can be life-saving. The risk from not having adrenaline available to treat anaphylaxis is far greater than the risk of being exposed to a very small amount of pralidoxime. The risk associated with this impurity is very low. It is very unlikely and unexpected that presence of pralidoxime at the low level identified would be associated with adverse effects.”

The EpiPen® Jr (150mcg) is usually prescribed for children, weighing 7.5-20 kg.

Until normal supply resumes, supply may be restricted to one per patient.

Mylan NZ has informed health professionals including prescribers and pharmacists. If you have any concerns, please discuss this with your healthcare professional.

ASCIA Guidelines for adrenaline auto-injector prescription are available at

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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Allergy Today e-newsletter

Our November issue of the Allergy Today e-newsletter is available here. If you would like to subscribe to receive future issues click here.

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Pollen Calendar 

FREE Annual Pollen Calendar
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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


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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