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Allergy Alive is a non profit organization with a vision of creating a South African Environment dedicated to safeguarding the rights of; saving the lives of; and improving the quality of life of those people inflicted and affected by severe and life threatening allergic disease. 

Allergy Alive aims to ensure that every person living with severe allergic disease has access to quality comprehensive prevention, protection, and treatment services so as to live a healthy, productive and safe life without limits.

We are working alongside Worksmens attorneys, who have informed us that there is currently a draft amendment being proposed to the Regulations relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foods (“the Regulations”) in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act of 1972 (“the Act”) which is open for public comment.
This is the legislation which deals with Allergen disclosure on the Food Labels. An extract of the Allergy section is copied below.
There is an opportunity for anybody or organization to comment on this draft with a closing date at the end of August.

 

Our aim is to increase the list of South African legislated allergens to include those internationally recognized, as some of these are now world emerging allergens like sesame seed and kiwi fruit for example.

In fact, the ultimate aim would be for food labeling to disclose food family contamination for e.g. Peanuts are a close relation to legumes and lupin,  hence those allergic to peanuts may well be allergic to lentils.

Currently those allergic to these uncommon allergens in trace amounts cannot safely buy food in South Africa, as there is no labelling guide. Most cannot afford to import overseas products which means that the daily task of eating is a constant threat.

Furthermore, most organizations are not aware that they are obliged to disclose possible contamination factors of uncommon allergens in the production, manufacture and packaging of food items, and we want this to be clearly stipulated.

 

Moreover, traceability of products used in the food is essential in terms of contamination. For those dealing with life threatening reactions to trace amounts, this factor is crucial.

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Allergy Alive
011-483-1271
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Allergy Alive
Hayley Katz
31B Park St
Oaklands
2192
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