Food Safety and Allergies

Does your club have any players or members with food allergies? What would you do if a player or club member have a very allergic reaction?

Sport North East encourages sporting club officials, staff and volunteers to complete allergy and anaphylaxis training, as well as reviewing the procedures on how to safely conduct run sporting events and games involving children – including the safe provision of food to children with known food allergies.

Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which can be life threatening. Therefore it must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention. Many substances can cause anaphylaxis reactions, including:

  • foods (especially peanuts, tree nuts, cow’s milk, eggs, seafood, fish, soy, sesame).
  • drugs (e.g. penicillin).
  • venom from bites (ticks) or stings (e.g. bees, wasps or ants).

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) provides an anaphylaxis e-training course. The course has been developed to provide ready access to reliable anaphylaxis education to the community throughout Australia and New Zealand, at no charge. Advice on food safety and food safety laws, including the sale of food in Victoria, may be found on the Department for Health and Human Services website: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/food-safety  Links to Do Food Safely, the department’s online food safety learning program, can also be accessed from this site – http://sport.vic.gov.au/integrity-in-sport/sport-culture-and-environment/food-safety-and-allergies.