Last reviewed 8 October 2021

We reported recently that new UK legislation requires all food outlets to provide full ingredient lists, with allergenic ingredients emphasised (see Natasha’s Law now in effect).

A new national reporting platform for allergic reactions (such as that suffered by Natasha Ednan-Laperouse) is now available, funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) with contributions from Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

The UK Anaphylaxis Registry will provide more data on levels of anaphylactic reactions in the UK.

An anaphylaxis reaction is a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Whilst severe or fatal anaphylaxis is rare, food-allergic reactions due to accidental exposure are common in people with a food allergy.

The establishment of a registry represents an important step in better understanding anaphylaxis and how allergic reactions impact individuals in the UK.

Dr Paul Turner, Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College London, and Ayah Wafi, the FSA’s Allergen Risk Assessor, said: “Understanding more about accidental allergic reactions to food, such as the specific food causing a reaction, will help the FSA better protect those with food allergies”.

Unfortunately, they pointed out, NHS data is limited by incomplete data or incorrect coding. This includes a lack of information as to which food allergen has triggered a particular reaction.

Healthcare professionals with an interest in allergy and anaphylaxis are being encouraged to register as a contributor to the Registry by either contacting anaphylaxis.registry@imperial.ac.uk or visiting https://www.anaphylaxie.net/en.