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.

Spiddal Oscars Fundraiser 2014

Congratulations to  Orla Cusack (mother of an allergic child) and Jenny Gallagher, who together raised nearly €3,000 between Chernobyl Children and Anaphylaxis Ireland in their now “annual” fundraiser !

We are extremely grateful and thank them for all their hard work and effort.  And so in Orla and Jenny’s words……..

Well once again Spiddal Oscars was a huge success!!! Fun and frolics were had by all!!!     If you go onto Facebook and then into the Spiddal Oscars Page there are approx. 150 photos of the night!!!
 
 So it is myself and Jenny’s pleasure to tell you that we raised a total of €1,410 for each Charity.
 
Orla & Jenny
 

Jext Product Recall

Precautionary recall of seven lots of Jext pens

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The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has advised that, as a precautionary measure, the manufacturer, ALK-Abello, is recalling certain lots of the Jext range of treatments for acute allergic reactions. The recall concerns certain lots of Jext 150mcg (Junior) solution for injection and Jext 300mcg solution for injection which come in pre-filled pens. Seven Irish lots of the pens are impacted by a quality defect which potentially leads to injection failure. The defect is estimated to affect, on average, 0.04% of pens – 1 in every 2,500 – of the affected lots.

Advice to Patients and Carers:

  • If you are in possession of a Jext pen from one of the affected lots listed below, please return it to a pharmacy, where a replacement, unaffected pen will be provided free-of-charge.
  • If you are in possession of a Jext pen with a lot number not listed, then the pen is unaffected and you do not need to take any action.
  • Patients are also reminded that, in line with current medical guidelines, it is advised that they continue to carry two pens at all times.

The lot number is displayed on the pen or the outer box and usually preceded by the letters ‘LOT’.

Affected Lots:

  • Jext 150mcg 

            Lot 0000884201     Expiry 31/03/2015
            Lot 0000871645     Expiry 28/02/2015
            Lot 0000785382     Expiry 31/01/2015

  • Jext 300mcg 

            Lot 0000874584     Expiry 28/02/2015
            Lot 0000816025     Expiry 31/01/2015
            Lot 0000774776     Expiry 31/01/2015
            Lot 0000780783     Expiry 31/01/2015 

Further information is available at www.imb.ie

AlleRiC Study – Stage 2 – Call for Food Allergic Adult Volunteers

Earlier this year Anaphylaxis Ireland organised some focus groups for people with severe food allergies and for parents of severely allergic children, as the first stage in the AlleRiC (Allergic Reactions in the Community) project.  AlleRiC is part of the 4 year European research programme, iFAAM (Integrated approaches to Food Allergy & Allergy Risk Management).

The main aim of these focus groups was to get information about allergic reactions direct from people (or from parents of children) who had experienced them.  These discussions have now enabled the researchers at Cork and Manchester Universities, who are leading on this part of the research, to create an on-line questionnaire to record reactions.

The AlleRiC team are now looking for help from food allergic adults to ratify the on-line questionnaire (testing each question for sense and readability, for instance).

To help with this important 2nd stage – please click on the newsletter below for information on how to participate via the email link to alleric@ucc.ie

 AlleRiC_Anaphylaxis Ireland_NewsletterNov2013

The 3rd and final stage of this project is to recruit 50 – 100 volunteers (adults with severe food allergies) whose reactions can then be tracked, using this questionnaire, over a period of time. This information will be really important in helping the overall iFAAM programme make progress towards identifying the levels of sensitivity to food allergens in the population.  So in order to give the University research teams the best information possible, we need to make sure that the on-line questionnaire for recording incidences of allergic reactions is as good as it can be.

 

Food Allergen Alert Undeclared Peanut Ingredient

Food Allergen Alert Undeclared Peanut Ingredient

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued the following Allergen Alert on the 29th of August 2013

Undeclared Peanut Ingredient in Batches of Rainbow Mixed Nuts

For full details see the link below

http://www.fsai.ie/news_centre/allergen_alerts/peanut_rainbow_mix.html

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