Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Food allergy booklet will help 90,000 sufferers

Food allergy booklet will help 90,000 sufferers

A new booklet aimed at New Zealand's 90,000 food allergy sufferers provides information that will help them make better choices when it comes to managing their allergy, says Food Safety Minister Annette King.

Ms King and New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) Executive Director Andrew McKenzie launched the booklet at the NZFSA conference in Auckland today.

Eating Safely When You Have Food Allergies explains the symptoms and diagnosis of food allergies, includes information on what to look for on food labels, and has tips for maintaining a healthy diet, says Ms King. The full-colour 24-page booklet has been written by NZFSA food allergy dietitian Amber Parry-Strong, with input from Allergy New Zealand.

The most common food allergens, responsible for up to 90 percent of all allergic reactions, are the proteins in cows' milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish and tree nuts, says Ms King. Reactions can vary and range from a mild skin rash to life-threatening anaphylactic shock, and the best way to manage a diagnosed food allergy is to avoid foods that contain the allergen.

"The issue is one of increasing concern among consumers as new and novel foods and ingredients become more available. Managing the public perception of allergens is a complicated issue and one that needs to be addressed."

Ms King says NZFSA's contribution in this area is supported by its strong working relationship with Allergy New Zealand , as well as the expertise of Dr Rohan Ameratunga, a renowned New Zealand and international allergen expert, and a member of the NZFSA Academy.

The booklet also complements the work of the Manufactured Food Database (MFD), administered by NZFSA , which provides information on up to 6000 allergen-free foods sold in New Zealand. More information on the MFD is available at: www.mfd.co.nz. Eating Safety When You Have Food Allergies is available free from NZFSA's consumer information line: 0800 NZFSA 1 (0800 693 721).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news