Andrew Thomson writes that hospitals and aged-care facilities providing meals to patients should be aware that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has changed the Food Standards Code to require lupin to be declared when present in a food as an ingredient, or component of ingredients, including food additives and processing aids.
Lupin is a high protein legume which is (GM-free and gluten-free) like soy and peanut and has the potential to be an allergen. Some people who are allergic to peanuts may also be allergic to lupin.
Lupin has not been commonly used in Australian or New Zealand foods. However, it can be found in a wide range of food products including bread, bakery and pasta products, sauces, beverages and meat-based products such as burgers and sausages. Gluten-free or soy-free products may sometimes contain lupin.
In light of the Victorian Coroner’s recent findings in regard to the death of Louis Tate, this is an issue all food service managers and chefs should be on top off and is discussed in the Winter Edition of the Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin.