Food Allergies - undeclared allergensIf you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: email@example.com.
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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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,
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: https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/safety/Alerts/EpiPen.asp#advice Mylan NZ has also provided an update, which can be seen on www.epiclub.co.nz
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.”
Mylan NZ has informed health professionals including prescribers and pharmacists. If you have any concerns, please discuss this with your healthcare professional.
11 November 2019:
Allergy NZ and Pub Charity Provide Free EpiPen® Auto-Injectors to Kids in Need
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.
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.here
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Allergy Today e-newsletterOur 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 CalendarFREE Annual Pollen Calendar
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Nip Allergies in the BubSee the latest advice on Allergy prevention from Australia's National Allergy Strategy here.
2018 Food Allergen Labelling GuideThere 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 video27 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.