• 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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Jonnie Meek: Second inquest finds boy, 3, died from milk allergy

A second inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy found he died due to an allergic reaction to hospital milk.

Jonnie Meek, from Cannock, died at Stafford Hospital in 2014.

A coroner originally ruled he had died from natural causes, but this has always been disputed by his parents.

The four-day hearing at Shrewsbury Coroner's Court heard how Jonnie, who had a milk allergy, "turned purple" during a trial feed with a new hospital formula and later died.

The boy, who had a rare congenital disability, had only turned three two days earlier and had had three previous allergic reactions.

His mother, April Keeling, told the inquest she had asked for a supervised feed at the hospital and told the nurse - Amanda Shenton - when Jonnie's condition started to deteriorate.

"He tensed up. His eyes rolled back. I ran out of the room and ran onto the road. I wanted to kill myself at that point," she said. "I wanted to die."

Ms Shenton contradicted Ms Keeling's testimony but coroner John Ellery believed the mother when there was conflicting evidence.

"In as far as there is a discrepancy in the evidence, I accept what the mother says," Mr Ellery said.

"He was rubbing his hands, becoming restless, a purple colour around his mouth, eyes swelling up. He had a rash which had a nettle sting appearance."

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Codex covers food hygiene and allergens in first ever virtual meeting

Work on food hygiene, allergens and support of food trade in Africa have been adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which recently met online for the first time in its history.

The first part of the virtual meeting on Sept. 24 to 26 saw six areas of new work agreed upon. Further discussions are set to take place on Oct. 12 with adoption of the report on Oct. 19.

Codex Alimentarius is the food standards setting body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to hold physical meetings and has severely impacted Codex sessions in 2020.

One new topic was to create guidelines to support development of harmonized food laws in Africa. Current rules are said to be fragmented, overlapping and generally not risk based.

Proposed guidelines will cover general principles of food and feed law, risk analysis, farm-to-fork food safety management, public consultation and information, obligations of food trade, imports and exports guidelines and principles, responsibilities of food and feed businesses and authorities, traceability, recall, packaging and labelling. Final adoption is planned for 2024.

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For $2bn, Nestlé moves to own world-first peanut allergy treatment

Nestlé Health Science has entered into an agreement to buy Aimmune Therapeutics, the company that developed and launched the only FDA-approved treatment for peanut allergy.

Palforzia® is an oral immunotherapy designed to help reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions to peanuts in children aged 4 through 17 years. Until the FDA approval of Palforzia earlier this year, the only option for those with peanut allergy was total avoidance of peanut, including anything that may potentially contain traces of peanut protein. According to Nestle, their acquisition of Aimmune extends their food allergy portfolio and creates a broader spectrum of solutions for children living with food allergies.

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Food allergy safety in hospitals boosted by free staff training program

The National Allergy Strategy has developed and launched a new ‘All about Allergens’  free online training program for hospital food service providers, ward staff and volunteers. The new training program was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, in September 2020.

To help ensure all staff receive appropriate training, four different versions of the hospital-specific program have been developed. These options are designed to be selected depending on the roles and responsibilities of staff undertaking the training, choosing from: Kitchen Managers and Supervisors, Kitchen Staff, Ward Managers and Nurses; and Ward Support Staff.

Each program is presented using videos and interactive activities that will take workers between approximately one and two hours to complete. It is recommended that the training be repeated at least every two years.

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