Allergic reactions, from seasonal hayfever to asthma, eczema and life-threatening anaphylaxis, have a huge impact on quality of life, and the incidence is increasing at an alarming rate, across all ages from babies to adults. There are approximately 19+ million people in South Africa, living with asthma and allergies today. South Africans can now purchase products that are approved for use by people with allergic reactions
AFSA, Allergy Foundation South Africa, has recently launched the AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval to identify consumer products that are approved for use by those people with allergic reactions and that can be purchased with confidence. This initiative is especially important to me, because both myself and my eldest son, struggle with seasonal hayfever. He also had excema but has fortunately outgrown it. However, all along we’ve been ignorantly buying products that aggravate the hayfever. Thanks to The Allergy Foundation South Africa, we can now purchase products with peace of mind.
How to purchase products that are approved for use by people with allergic reactions
Each year South Africans spend millions of Rands on consumer products marketed for people suffering from asthma and allergies. Vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, bedding, emollients, natural nasal sprays and more, are advertised as the ideal choice that may help combat allergic reactions and prevent allergen accumulation. In some cases the promised benefits are not supported by scientific proof or validation.
With allergic reactions increasing worldwide at an alarming rate, this market continues to grow as a result of consumer demand. However, there is currently little or no regulation governing any claims made. Some suppliers make unsubstantiated claims of a wide variety of benefits and suitability for asthma and allergy sufferers; the ability to prevent allergen accumulation, and in extreme cases, promising improved health.
To assist the consumer to make an informed purchase, in 2017 the AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval Programme was created by allergy experts and the non-profit company the Allergy Foundation of South Africa. The Certification Programme identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 19+ million people in South Africa living with asthma and allergies.
Prof Mike Levin, CEO of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) and head of Allergology at Red Cross Children’s Hospital said, ”Products bearing the AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval means that the product has been shown to be efficient at reducing environmental allergens, or the products have significantly reduced allergen or chemical content in accordance with the AFSA Certification Requirements, either by verifiable proof of such testing being supplied to AFSA, or scientific testing being performed by AFSA and to which the AFSA has lawfully issued a Certificate of Approval.”
Other products that may qualify for our ‘Seal of Approval’ are bed cleaners, carpet cleaners, cleaning products, dehumidifiers, flooring, infant care products, laundry appliances, mattresses, paint and varnishes, personal care products, steam appliances cleaners.
The AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval allows the consumer to make a purchase with confidence.
You may visit their website for the current approved product list here: AFSA Aproved Product List If you would like to apply to have your product screened for our the AFSA Seal of Approval, please contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 081 405 8442.
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