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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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Guide to allergies v2-238June 2019

The Ministry of Education has launched a Guide to Allergies for schools and early childhood services.

It includes:
  • information to increase understanding of allergies and anaphylaxis
  • four key strategies for schools and early childhood services
  • key resources.
Go here to see more.

Allergy New Zealand has been on the move! New Allergy NZ office V2-366

After six years in our Grafton office, we are returning to a familiar neighbourhood – Mt Eden! A large verandaed villa at 581 Mt Eden Road will be our new Head Office. 

But wait, there’s more …

We’re excited to announce that our new neighbours are Asthma New Zealand. Both organisations could see the benefits that a shared location would bring to our members and stakeholders. 

Our office is open, but our landlines will not be operational for a couple more weeks. Please contact us by email instead – allergy@allergy.org.nz

And as always, if you have an emergency, please dial 111. 


Latest food recalls 


6 June 2019

Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes recalled due to undeclared milk and egg

Importers are recalling all batches and all dates of Daesang brand Boc Rice, Seafood Rice Sprinkles and Vegetable Rice Sprinkles due to the presence of undeclared allergens (milk and egg). See more information here

To get updates directly, subscribe to MPI updates.

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 June 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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Pollen Calendar 

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The World Allergy Organisation has released an information sheet about the global picture of food allergy.

This is available here.
 

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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

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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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