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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: info@mpi.govt.nz 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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#takethekit Anaphylaxis Campaign

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.


New Allergy Today Magazine on its way!

ISSUE 153 Allergy Today Winter 2015-55

The Winter issue of Allergy Today is on its way to you now! If you are not a subscriber you can purchase it here.

Topics:
- Dr Graeme van der Meer, of Starship Children’s Hospital, offers his advice on treating allergic rhinitis in children.
- How new legislation will affect you Allergy New Zealand’s allergy advisor Penny Jorgensen explains how the new Food Act will affect people with food allergies.
- Is it normal, reflux or an allergy? Paediatrician and allergy specialist Dr Robert Winkler busts myths about spilling and reflux in babies and gives advice on when to seek help from a specialist.
- Advice on low-irritant laundry detergents
- Pharmacy corner: How to prevent eczema in children
- Delicious recipes
- Café review
- And more


Potential contamination of Cumin in the US and Europe

The Ministry for Primary Industries is aware of the potential contamination of cumin with peanut and almond protein in the United States and Europe. Go here for their statement on this issue 

Allergy New Zealand reminds you, if you have an unexpected food-allergic reaction, to do the following:

  1. Follow your allergy action plan. Seek medical advice if necessary.
  2. If a known allergen is not declared on the label, contact the manufacturer to find out if the allergen is in the product, or if there is the likelihood of cross-contact with the allergen.
  3. If you suspect an undeclared allergen is in the product, contact MAF (Food Safety) on 0800 693 721 or by email: info@mpi.govt.nz.
  4. If possible, also, inform Allergy New Zealand of your complaint and who you have passed it onto:
Email allergy@allergy.org.nz or ph (09) 623 3912 or 0800 34 0800
  1. Keep a sample of the product and the original package. Make a note of the batch number and best before date, and exact product name and size. If an undeclared allergen is detected, a product recall may be issued.

Food Recall!

Recalling Venerdi Brand Toast Me Organics Sourdough Gluten Free Bread Loaf 600g due to gluten contamination.
Read more here.
 

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