Honorary AmbassadorHonorary 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
For more information on the EpiPen, click here.
Anapen expiry datesThe 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 allergensIf you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 693 721, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Allergy Today Summer issue out now!
The Summer issue of Allergy Today now available and on its way to subscribers. You can get your hands on a copy from our online shop, here.
Issue #155 looks at the ups and downs of Summer eczema, making ACC claims, back-to-school tips, low-allergy gardening, travelling with allergies and more.
Latest food recalls
Alpine coconut yoghurt and No Udder coconut yoghurt
NZ Nutritional Goat Company Ltd are recalling some batches of Alpine brand Coconut yoghurt 500g (Natural and Passionfruit flavours) and No Udder brand Coconut yoghurt (400g) as these contain milk (dairy) which is not declared on the product label.
Bertagni Sweet Butternut Squash Ravioli
The Mediterranean Food Warehouse Limited is recalling four batches of 'Bertagni' brand Sweet Butternut Squash Ravioli 250g as these batches contain almonds and cashew nuts which are not declared on the product label.
Consumers with an allergy or intolerance to Almonds or Cashew nuts should not consume these products.
Please see the full notice here.
Undeclared cows milk in coconut products
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is warning people with milk allergies or intolerance to avoid drinking some imported coconut milk drinks and powder that may contain milk or milk products as these allergens are not declared on the label. Under Australian and New Zealand food legislation, products which contain a presence of milk or milk products, must state that on the label.
Please see the full statement here:
Brands that have been identified so far:
These products have been sold through various retailers throughout New Zealand including dairies, ethnic food stores and specialist sports stores.
For more information, please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries FoodSmart web site.
If you have any concerns about these products, please call MPI’s consumer helpline on 0800 693 721. If you have any health concerns please seek medical advice, see your GP or call Healthline 0800 611 116.
Update on EpiPen expiry dates
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New Thai book
Our friends a My Food Allergy Friends have released a new Thai book - Thai's New Friend at Kindy. Copies are available 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 below and share it! Or go here.