• ภูมิแพ้อาหาร คือ?

    อาการของการเป็นภูมิแพ้อาหารเป็นได้ทุกระบบของร่างกาย จากข้อมูลที่พบบ่อยคือ อาการทางระบบทางเดินอาหาร (เมื่อแพ้อาหารจะมีอาการคันปาก อาเจียน ปวดท้อง ท้องเสีย) อาการทางผิวหนัง (เมื่อแพ้อาหารจะมีอาการผื่นคัน ลมพิษ) และอาการทางระบบหายใจ (เมื่อแพ้อาหารจะมีอาการจาม น้ำมูก ไอ หอบ แน่นหน้าอก) ในบางรายอาการแพ้อาจรุนแรงถึงขั้นเสียชีวิตได้.
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  • Food Allergy?

    As with any allergy, a food allergy develops when the immune system attacks a normally harmless substance and creates specific antibodies for this substance. From this point on, whenever the food allergy sufferer eats the food to which they're allergic, the antibodies respond by releasing histamine, which causes allergic symptoms to appear.
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Coeliac disease has a signature, and it may be present in infancy

Distinctive markers of coeliac disease have been found in infants aged one year, up to 19 years before they were diagnosed with coeliac disease.

The All Babies In Sweden (ABIS) prospective cohort study includes data from babies born between October 1997 and October 1999 in five countries of south east Sweden. Blood, stool, urine and hair samples were collected from the participants at birth, 1, 2½-3 and 5-6 years. Initial questionnaires and follow up via the National Patient Registry provide further data, with the most recent update having occurred in 2021.

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‘Secret Ingredient’ in Vegan Yoghurt Caused Milk Allergy Death

A coconut-based yoghurt product used by UK sandwich shop Pret a Manger to make a vegan wrap is the centre of attention in the inquest into the 2017 anaphylaxis death of 42-year-old mother of five, Celia Marsh.

The inquest has heard that the founder and Managing Director of Planet Coconut, the company supplying the yoghurt to Pret, had no idea a “secret ingredient” contained traces of milk protein. Yet testing showed the yoghurt contained between 3.1 and 3.4mg/kg of milk protein.

Bethany Eaton told the court that she and her husband Paul set up Planet Coconut in 2011 after spotting a gap in the market for dairy-free products that were not soya based. They contacted an Australian company called CoYo, founded by Henry Gosling, which makes a coconut milk yoghurt. They bought the licence to make and supply the product in the UK under the brand name “COYO”.

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The rise of the egg-free egg

Egg allergies are one of several key drivers of the vegan egg market. A recent review suggests that while the vegan egg market is still in its relative infancy, it is expected to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 8.3 per cent over the next decade.

Vegan eggs are mostly used as substitutes of eggs in bakery products, desserts, and confectionary. The mayonnaise segment is estimated to account for a value share of around 38 per cent in the global market, whereas bakery products are estimated to account for over 26 per cent.

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Allergens still dominate but recalls drop in Australia

A recent article in Food Safety News reports that undeclared allergens accounted for almost half of Australian food recalls in 2021, according to FSANZ data. Figures from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) show 38 of the 80 recalls were because of allergens. Twenty were prompted by a consumer complaint and eight by routine government testing.

Interestingly between 2012 and 2021 most food recalls were because of undeclared allergens and microbial contamination. Recalls for undeclared allergens, microbial contamination and chemical/contaminant show an increasing trend while those for foreign matter seem to be going down.

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