What are you doing the night before a friends party?

Your child has been invited to a party.

It’s almost here,

You have finally sorted the present

Pinned your child down to write something in the card

And that it is, time for bed then the party tomorrow

Well yes that is what most mums do,

But oh no not in the world of the allergy mum!

In the days or even weeks before, an allergy mum will have been in touch with the party child’s parents,

They will have been trying to work out what everyone else there will be eating,

Will it be hot/cold/ what sort of things,

Because even if it is someone who has said they will provide for your child, you just cannot guarantee it.

So when every other parent is sitting down to relax the night before,
yes probably even the party child’s parents!

The allergy mum is waiting for their children to go to sleep so that they can start sneaking around and seeing what they can do to make their child feel as normal as possible at the party,

Worrying whether everyone else’s sandwiches will be cut into squares or triangles, any little thing can make your child feel left out

And probably the most important baking, it might not be our party, but my child cannot be the only one who cannot eat cake!cakes

Yeah it’s finally here

Yes it’s nearly here, only one more sleep until the new regulations are in place.

Did you know that when you go shopping today any packaging that has information about allergens is done voluntarily, and has only be done voluntarily for a long time.

The exciting news is, as from tomorrow (13th December, incase the scheduling on this post goes wrong!) it will be a legal requirement.

This will mean that the top 14 allergens will need to be declared

  • Cereals containing gluten namely wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), barley, rye and oats
  • Crustaceans like prawns, crabs, lobster and crayfish etc.
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Milk
  • Nuts namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew, Macadamia or Queensland nut.
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Sesame
  • Sulphur dioxide or sulphites (where added and is >10mg/kg in the finished product. Often found in dried fruit and wine)
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs like clams, scallops, squid, mussels, oysters and snails etc.

14 allergens