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July 2018 E-Newsletter 

In this month's e-newsletter: 
  • Allergen Management Award
  • Lupin allergy
  • AGM notice 
  • Seen in the media this month
  • Allergy Today 
The 2018 New Zealand Best Practice Food Allergen Management Award
 
Congratulations to Talley’s Ice Cream who have won the inaugural award, sponsored by the Allergen Bureau in collaboration with the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST). Allergy New Zealand helped to promote the award to food manufacturers, and our Allergy Advisor, Penny Jorgensen, was on the award committee. The award was presented at the NZIFST Conference on 4th July 2018. Highlighted in the award citation were several aspects of Talley's food allergen management procedures including excellent staff training.


Penny Jorgensen says the award is important because it helps to promote best practice in the industry. “Good food allergen management leads to more accurate and clearer information on labels about allergen content. This helps consumers with food allergies make informed choices and more easily identify food safe for them."
Lupin and allergen labeling 


 
It has now become mandatory for food businesses to label Lupin as an allergen if present in food in Australia or New Zealand. It has been mandatory for allergen labelling in the EU and UK since 2014. Lupin is best known in New Zealand as a garden flower with tall, colourful spikes. Overseas, lupin seeds in some varieties have been found to be a nutritious food with high protein content and popular for use such as a gluten-free flour. However, lupin is a legume and related to peanut and soybean. There have been reports of lupin allergy since 1994, including people with peanut allergy who have cross-reacted with lupin.
 
Initially introduced as a crop in Australia for animal feed, it has now entered the Australian food supply, and likely to be in New Zealand's in the future. There have been some reports of lupin allergy in Australia, and a proposal to add it to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Code mandatory labelling list was approved in 2016.
 
For further information, please see the ASCIA website:  
https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/lupin-food-allergy 
Seen in the media this month 
 
Allergy New Zealand CEO Mark Dixon appeared on TV One's  Breakfast last week, commenting on the banning of birthday cakes being brought into schools and pre-schools.

Click here to watch the interview. 

 
Allergy New Zealand's AGM
 
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 21st September 2018, 7pm – 9pm at Allergy New Zealand’s office, 97 Grafton Road (Basement level), Grafton, Auckland (opposite Auckland Hospital)  

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Allergy New Zealand on: (09) 623 3912 or to allergy@allergy.org.nz
Allergy Today Winter Issue  
 
This issue includes articles featuring the Atopic March, Eczema, and a guide to Food Allergen Labelling. There are also articles from our regular contributors, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation and the Malaghan Institute, as well as two enthralling personal pieces contributed by readers from Tauranga and Marlborough. 


 

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