WANTED at Least 50 Adults With Food Allergy – Can You Help?

The iFAAM  (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management) project is funded by the EU and is the world’s largest ever study of allergies.  As part of this project, 2 year studies are being carried out in Ireland (University College Cork) and the UK (Manchester University):

    • Ireland   -   AlleRiSC  (Allergic Reactions in Social Context)
    • UK         -   AlleRiC    (Allergic Reactions in Community)

The research team at University College Cork are conducting the AlleRiSC study and are now ready to recruit at least 50 adult volunteers (with diagnosed food allergy) to participate  - CAN YOU HELP?

The study will be conducted over a period of 2 years and volunteers will be asked to use an online questionnaire to report any food-allergic incidents they experience (even the least severe ones) and where possible to send in samples of the suspect food for laboratory testing).

For an overview of the study’s aims and to understand why this research is being done and what taking part would involve for you, please review the following documents:

• Opportunity to Participate in AlleRiSC Study Poster

• Particpant Information Sheet

If you have any questions about this study please contact Katarzyna Pyrz at:

University College Cork
School of Applied Psychology
North Mall
Cork

E-mail:  allerisc@ucc.ie
kpyrz@ucc.ie

The Allergy & Free From Expo, Dublin – 11th & 12th October 2014

The Allergy & Free From Expo is Ireland’s only exhibition dedicated to those suffering from allergies and/or leading a free-from lifestyle. It is a family oriented exhibition packed with information, advice, seminars and demonstrations, as well as a showcase of the best free from suppliers and products in the country, and takes place in the RDS, Dublin on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th October 2014 from 10am – 6pm.

The Allergy & Free From Expo will be partnering with a select number of national associations, charities and societies to promote awareness of the Expo, including ourselves,Anaphylaxis Ireland and we would be delighted to see you there. Our stand is no. 70 located beside the Asthma Society and the Skin Foundation.

Please see the Allergy Expo Overview for more details and check out  www.theallergyexpo.ie

 

When & Where
The Allergy & Free From Expo takes place on Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th 2014 in the Industries Hall in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Opening times are 10am – 6pm on both days.

Tickets
Tickets for the Expos are currently on sale with Ticketmaster.ie – children under 12 go free.

Travel Info
For directions to the RDS, please click on this link below. Car parking is available on the RDS grounds. A flat fee is charged upon entry and parking is provided on a first come first served basis.

http://www.rds.ie/index.jsp?p=104&n=156

DUBLIN BUS
The RDS is serviced by bus routes numbers:
Merrion Road Stops: 27X, 4, 45, 4A, 5, 7, 7A, 8, 18
Anglesea Road Stops: 63, 84

There are also a large numbers of routes serviced through the Donnybrook Bus Garage stop which is located only 10 minutes walk from the RDS. Bus routes include: 10, 10A, 116, 118, 145, 25X, 37X, 39B, 39X, 46A/B/C/E/X, 47, 66X, 67X, 70B, 746, 7B, 7D, 84X.

Visit www.dublinbus.ie or call (0)1 873 4222 for more information on local Dublin Bus routes.

DART
The closest DART (local Dublin Rail) station (approx. 5 minute walk) to the RDS is Sandymount. From the Sandymount Dart Station: Follow the Exit signs and turn right onto Sandymount Avenue. Continue until you reach the traffic lights (Bewley’s Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel will be directly in front of you). For the RDS Main Complex (Hall 1 – 7) then turn right onto Merrion Road and the Main Complex is situated on the left hand side (Merrion Road). Follow the building on your left and walk down Anglesea Road and the entrance to the Industries Hall is on your left hand side.

LUAS
There is no direct route from the LUAS to the RDS, however, the LUAS does connect to the DART local train system that passes by the RDS. The LUAS connects to the DART at Connolly Station. Connections to Heuston Station and National rail routes can then be reached through this stop

Jext Availability July 2014

Jext Supply Update

Earlier this year a number of batches of Jext 150mcg and 300mcg were recalled from the Irish market by the manufacturer ALK due to a potential quality defect

1. ALK are pleased to confirm that the quality defect has been successfully addressed and the company have delivered sufficient supplies of both presentations to allow for this stock to be withdrawn from the market place and to meet on-going demand. However the stock used to resupply the market was short dated and this has resulted in inconvenience and in some cases financial impact for patients and their carers.

In order to address this any patients/carers with a Jext® with an expiry of either October or December 2014 should contact ALK’s customer service department by email at

info@uk.alk-abello.com or by calling +44 (0)118 903 7940.

ALK would like to thank patients and carers for their patience in relation to the product recall and the current issue of short dated stock. ALK are in the process of getting Jext® delivered to Ireland with progressively longer shelf life and are extending this with each batch they produce.

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http://www.imb.ie/EN/News/Precautionary-recall-of-seven-lots-of-Jext-pens-.aspx

AlleRiC Pilot Study

 

We have been asked to pass on thanks to all those who participated in the AlleRiC Study for their generosity in volunteering their time.  The attached 6 page letter provides an overview of what has been found so far, with details of the next step on the last page of the document.

 AlleRiC Pilot Study_AI ACUK Participants Debrief Letter (ADG)

Food Alert – Sulphur Dioxide

Please note that the FSAI have published new food allergen alerts as follows:-
  • Undeclared Sulphur Dioxide in Various Kellys Sausage Roll Products Sold in Aldi (ref. 2014.A04)
 
Undeclared Sulphur Dioxide in McColgans Sausage Rolls
 

Join our Database please

Please note that Anaphylaxis Ireland would encourage all those with severe allergy to sign up to their database, just download and fill in the form here on the website and return to PO Box 542, Ballinlough, Cork as the more numbers we have, the more voice we might have!

Invitation to Safefood’s “Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Network” Meeting

For further information on Safefood’s forthcoming event: ‘Food Allergy Prevalence and Oral immunotherapy’ to be held in Bewley’s Hotel, Dublin Airport on Friday 21st March 2014, click Network meeting Dublin March 2014 

Allergy N I – National Survey for all of Ireland.

Throughout the UK and Ireland there is no National Database for allergies.  Unlike many other diseases where statistics and other information is readily available, it is not so for allergies.  At Allergy N I we feel there is a great need to collate information in order to help us influence food manufacturers throughout Ireland to consider developing or extending, their range of allergen free foods. Due to Data Protection we could not undertake this ourselves but instead have drawn up a National Survey. Click on the link it only takes 5 minutes to complete and a BIG opportunity to win £50.