“If I eat something I am allergic to I can go into anaphylactic shock.”
Following the inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who went into cardiac arrest after feeing a baguette containing sesame seeds but not labelled as such, their own families are campaigning for change to food labelling laws.
Ciara Williams, who is 23, has had allergies since she was a baby.
Her mother – who also has allergies – recognised the symptoms when Ciara was given milk.
“I came out in hives but luckily a healthcare guest was at home when it happened, ” added Ciara, from Flintshire.
“When I got a bit older, I likewise became allergic to eggs and nuts.
“With milk it can take between five and 10 minutes before I start get the symptoms. But with eggs it can take up to two hours, which can pause you into a false sense of security.”
Lack of understanding
In the last few years Ciara has also developed an intolerance to latex on fruit such as bananas, kiwi fruit and strawberries.
“Even if I touch a meat I’m allergic to, I swell up and get hives and feel very uncomfortable, ” she explained.
Fortunately the only day Ciara has experienced a serious reaction was when she was having controlled hospital exams to specify the severity of her allergies.
“I felt sick and drowsy, ” she said. “My throat shut up promptly, I had severe abdominal aches, and then became unconscious.
“When I came to, I vomited and moved straight into another episode.”
Scrutinising meat labels is a chore that Ciara has become used to.
“It attains you highly wary about everything you eat and you have to watch out for any changes in the ingredients, only in case it contains something you are allergic to.”
Talking to new people about allergies can also be frustrating for her.
“It’s sometimes hard to explain to those who haven’t got allergies how important it is to know what is in meat, ” she explained.
“My allergies are life-threatening and it can be hard to get that message across to people.”
However, she has shown her close friends how to use an EpiPen – an adrenaline auto-injector, and she always carries two of them with her.
Dining at restaurants offer fresh challenges, and Ciara ever tries to check online or telephone a restaurant in advance to be informed about the ingredients.
“When I’m there I tempo myself by eating some meat and then waiting 10 minutes before eating some more, and waiting again.”
Ciara has been involved with the Easy to Ask campaign, which aims to encourage young person not to be embarrassed to quiz restaurants about possible allergens. It likewise tries to raise awareness of the potential problems with meat outlets.
“It can be quite stressful when I eat out, ” she said. “My choices might be limited, but it doesn’t stop me from getting on with my life.”
By Andree Massiah, BBC UGC and Social News team
WASHINGTON- Americans increased their borrowing in August with the category that embraces auto and student loans rising by the largest amount in nine months.
Consumer debt rose by a seasonally adjusted $20.1 billion in August following a gain of $16.6 billion in July, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.
The August performance surpassed expectancies. Many economists had been looking for a smaller increase of around $15 billion.
The gain was led by a $15.2 billion rise in auto loans and student loans, the biggest jump in this category since last November. The category that encompasses debit card determined an increase of $4.8 billion, up from a $1.3 billion rise in July.
Consumer borrowing is closely watched for signals it sends about household spending which takes into consideration 70 percent of economic activity.
The overall economy developed at a robust annual rate of 4. 2 percent in the April-June quarter, is assisting increased spending fueled by the $1.5 trillion tax cut that President Donald Trump pushed through Congress last year.
Many economists believe consumer spending will remain strong for the rest of the year and they are forecasting that overall growth, as measured by the gross national product, will reach 3 percent this year, best available performance in 13 years.
The report on borrowing demonstrated it rising to a new record of $3.94 trillion. The Fed’s monthly report on customer borrowing does not include mortgage indebtednes or any other loans secured by real estate including home equity loans.
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Archipelago is refusing to switch diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China, despite a huge downturn in its tourism industry
Wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sipping an iced tea, Ongerung Kambes Kesolei sits at a veranda saloon overlooking a inn pool, under devotees that slowly push humid air around on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
But the tranquilize of the scene is deceptive, for Kesolei is explaining that his small island home of Palau– a dot on the map in the north-west corner of the Pacific with a population of only over 20,000 people- has attracted the ire of one of the world’s most powerful nations and is now at the centre of a geo-political bunfight.
” They[ China] want to diminish Tsai Ing-wen[ the Taiwanese president] and that’s where Palau comes into play ,” said Kesolei, the editor of one of Palau’s two newspapers.
Palau is one of only 17 countries that has refused to give up diplomatic relations with Taiwan and switch allegiance to China.
Palau, which was under US administration until its independence in 1994, struck up diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1999 after a few years of what Kesolei calls ” wooing” from both Beijing and Taipei. The nearly 20 -year relationship has been strong, with Kesolei saying ” every Palauan has a story” of their relationships with Taiwan, whether travelling there for a holiday, education or medical treatment.
But Taiwan’s allies are slowly being chipped away, as China sets the pressure on and seeks to penalise those that recognise self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing considers a Chinese territory. El Salvador switched its devotion last month, and Burkina Faso and the Dominican Republic severed ties with Taiwan earlier this year.
Those countries that continue to recognise Taiwan- especially the six Taiwanese allies located in the Pacific, where China is seeking to increase its affect- are feeling the pressure.
‘The governments are having a fight’
For tiny Palau, where tourism accounts for 42.3% of GDP, this pressure has come in the form of what the locals call the “China ban”.
In November 2017, the Chinese government ordered tour operators to stop selling bundle tours to Palau, with reports that doing so could lead to fines.
Some insist Palau has always been a blacklisted destination but that until very recently the Chinese government turned a blind eye.
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