Monday, December 10th, 2012

by slashallergies

Sugar Flowers Plus Inc. issues allergy alert on undeclared egg whites
Sugar Flowers Plus of California is recalling Cake Decors Pastillage (gum paste) Flowers because of the undeclared use of egg white wash used as a glue for the inner petals of the flowers. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg whites could have a life-threatening reaction if they consume the product.

Food for thought: An allergy or an intolerance?
The terms allergy and intolerance are often used interchangeably but they are not the same. Each requires a different approach for successful treatment. According to Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, up to 20 per cent of the US population perceive themselves as suffering from a food allergy but only 1 to 2 per cent of adults and 5 to 7 per cent of children have genuine food allergies.

Education department sorry over nut allergy death
The New South Wales Education Department has apologised for its role in the death of a 16-year-old Sydney boy who died after eating a walnut cookie made at school. Raymond Cho died after eating the cookie prepared in class at Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney’s inner west in May last year.

Indian foods need labelling, more allergen-specific tests
Indian foods, with all the diversity and rich taste, have also started posing a small, but growing problem of causing allergy to some consumers. Similarly, the growing exports of Indian food products have necessitated the demand for more data to consumers. In the light of these developments, experts at the World Allergy Conference have suggested a policy on labeling food products, which give important data on ingredients both for exports and domestic consumption, and allergen-specific tests for Indian foods.

via /Allergies: Monday, December 10th, 2012