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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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Latest food recalls 

8 March 2019

Dark chocolate recalls due to undeclared allergen (Milk)

A range of dark chocolate product brands have been recalled in New Zealand, due to incorrect labelling about the presence of an allergen - milk. These recalls are for chocolate products produced using an imported product. Further recalls are possible. Brands affected to date are:
  • Bella Chocolate
  • Bohemein Fresh Chocolates
  • Chocolate Traders
  • The Chocolate Workshop
  • De Spa Chocolatier 
  • Devonport Chocolates
  • Equagold Ltd
  • House of Chocolate
  • Kapiti Candy Co brand Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Easter Egg
  • Kohu Road brand Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts
  • Lactation brand Coconut Rough Cookies
  • Loukoumi brand dark chocolate products
  • Ma Cherie brand Maple & Choco Biscuits
  • Queen Anne brand dark chocolates
  • The Silky Oak Chocolate Company Ltd
  • Sway brand traditional chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Wanaka Chocolate
  • Wishbone brand Paleo Chocolate Bites
  • Vetro Mediterranean Foods Callebaut brand Dark Chocolate

Check the MPI website for more details:

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February 2019 

Media release re Hellers prosecution over mispackaged Sizzlers sausages

Joint media release from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and Allergy New Zealand – read here

Allergy Today e-newsletter

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

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Rotary Club Quiz Night for Allergy New Zealand

Saturday 23 March, 6.30pm – 10pm at the Alex Bar & Eatery,
Alexandra Park, Greenlane Rd, Auckland.

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Mt Eden Rotary are hosting the evening, with proceeds to Allergy New Zealand.
An evening of fun and mayhem, all in a good cause! Nibbles, raffles, prizes and cash bar. 
$25 per person; maximum 6-8 people per table.
For more details go here. For tickets go here

Pollen Calendar 

FREE Annual Pollen Calendar

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University of Canterbury Food Allergy Study 

Are you interested in contributing your experience of living with a Food Allergy to research looking at the impact of food allergies on New Zealand children and their families? 

If so, go here for more information and how to participate. 

Managing risk for allergy sufferers eating meals while in hospital

The ‘Herald on Sunday’ (22/08/18) ran a front page story on the significant risk for food allergy sufferers in some of our hospitals

Allergy New Zealand CEO Mark Dixon detailed the measures taken by those with food allergies, who do not trust the catered food service in some of our DHBs.

Click here to read the full article.

An article in our Allergy Today Autumn 2018 issue provided tips and strategies on managing food allergy in hospital. The article is available here.

Refreshed Food Allergen Portal - a positive step for those living with food allergies

A new look Food Allergen Portal, the result of a collaboration between industry, consumer (including Allergy New Zealand) and government organisations from New Zealand and Australia, is providing best practice resources on managing allergens in food.

Go here to read more and access the portal.

2018 Food Allergen Labelling Guide

There are now ten 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

Thai's First Ambulance Ride 

The latest in the Thai series for children by author and food allergy mum, Jackie Nevard, founder of ‘My Food Allergy Friends’ is now available from Allergy New Zealand. Join Thai as he experiences his first anaphylactic reaction. Discover what symptoms he had, how his family helped him and what happened after he was given his first EpiPen. $17.99 or member price $15.99, go here to purchase. 
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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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