Current Issue - Failsafe Newsletter

The Failsafe Newsletter is sent three times a year, with latest research, issues, success stories, shopping list updates and news from other subscribers.

Subscribe | Browse Past Issues


Failsafe 109 (February - May 2024)

The Food Intolerance Network - Failsafe Newsletter

The Food Intolerance Network provides information and support for people worldwide using a low-chemical elimination diet free of additives, low in salicylates, amines and flavour enhancers (FAILSAFE) for health, behaviour and learning problems.


Back to school

Failsafe family food tips and tricks: guest blog from a dietitian

So MSG is ok now?

Cyberchondria and Dr Google

Cook's corner:

Homemade flour tortillas - an oldie but a goodie

At the Failsafe Table Feb 2024 #77 focus on lunchboxes

Success stories: [1666] – [1670]

[1670] One-liners (February 2024)

[1669] Blurred or blurry vision (Facebook thread) (February 2024)

[1668] Tinnitus and diet (Facebook thread) (February 2024)

[1667] Palpitation of the heart: coffee? (Facebook thread) (February 2024)

[1666] Reactions to cooking smells (Facebook thread) (February 2024)

Your questions:

Are the approved apples (Red and Golden Delicious) really lower in SALS (salicylates) than green beans?

Frequently Asked Questions

In brief:

ADVANCE NOTICE: Sue Dengate talk June 2024

Nutrition panel calculator link

FSANZ stakeholder satisfaction or otherwise

Submission to A1254 Rosemary extract as a food additive - extension of use

White colour 171 titanium dioxide: no safety level

Sue Dengate's famous presentation “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour”


Addictive UPF foods and additives

Failsafe shopping list:

Updated complete list of food additives, with those to avoid highlighted

Wein 'electronic mask' back in stock

Food Intolerance Resources from RPAH; SPECIAL OFFER on Friendly Food

Factsheets: over 100 science-based information sheets on symptoms and additives. See also video resources. See also story collections

Support community: Failsafers talking to each other. New and updated dietitians.

Thanks and admin:

Sue Dengate

Hello everyone

Thanks to all who contributed to this newsletter.

Highlights: Latest blogs: Back to school…and disruptive classroom behaviour; Failsafe family food tips guest blog from a dietitian; So MSG is ok now?; Cyberchondria and Dr Google; Research: Addictive UPF foods and additives


Popular reader stories:

“helped … my child …” – one-liners [1670]
"Blurred or foggy vision … off diet …”
- facebook thread [1669]
“Tinnitus and diet … a huge difference … “
- facebook thread [1668]
"Heart palpitations … coffee?"
- facebook thread [1667]
"Reaction to cooking smells”
- facebook thread [1666]

Now read on - Sue Dengate


Back to school


Back to school in Australia – and the growing problem of classroom behaviour.

In 2018, Australia’s rate of classroom disruption was some of the worst in the world, ranked 69 out of 76 countries, and the violence is still increasing.

The Senate committee’s enquiry

Unfortunately, last year’s Senate enquiry into "increasing disruption in Australian school classrooms" completely ignored our submission about how additive-free eating can turn classrooms into “a sea of calm” in two weeks and instead their recommendations emphasised

  • behaviour management training for teachers
  • behaviour management classes for students

Behaviour management or diet?

Well, I was a teacher like that when I started my career decades ago. I had a degree in Psychology and a Dip Ed in a new subject called “Guidance” – basically helping kids with their behaviour – that was cancelled just before I graduated.

Years later, I was teaching behaviour management classes to parents when I became pregnant, and soon discovered nothing I had taught those parents helped with my own child. It took me 11 years of hard work to discover the magic answer – DIET!!! (and some behaviour management as well).

Additive-free school trials

If only the Senate Committee had paid attention to our additive-free school trials! For example, in 2005, we did a 2-week additive free trial in Palmers Island primary school in northern NSW

The students said

“it makes us improve in our work”
“I used to be really naughty in class - now I’m not naughty as much anymore”
“they’ve been a lot calmer - haven’t been not working - haven’t been yelling out in class”
“all calm - they don’t yell out in class”
“my brother used to always usually hurt me – but now he doesn’t”
“my friends – they’ve been quieter – and not as annoying”

The teachers said

“they’ve been much more harmonious – and that’s had an effect on the classroom as a whole”
“far more sociable … and amiable with each other - and settled”
“certain kids had a longer attention span … able to concentrate and work more effectively”
“a bit more focused –more enthusiastic – and more cooperative … the best they’ve ever been”
“they haven’t had that snappiness between them except if they’ve been completely exhausted”

The principal said

“they were able to relate better to their peers … and also to concentrate better in class…which means you’re having fewer behavioural problems.”

And a teachers aide said

“I’d actually like to see the big companies that are making all their money off these kids be accountable for what they’re putting in their foods.”

READ MORE about what you can do to help your kids

Regulators do not require testing of the effects of such food additives on the microbiome. If you swallow a chemical designed to kill bacteria in food, one might expect it to kill bacteria in your gut too, with consequences. It is not just antibiotics that alter the microbiome. Yet published research is minimal. READ MORE

Failsafe family food tips and tricks: guest blog from a dietitian


As a Dietitian who works in the field of food chemical sensitivities and now having a 5-year-old, navigating the world of preservatives and natural chemicals has been another challenge indeed. I wanted to share my experience to help others.

First, I would like to mention that myself and my child are not, or do not seem, overly food sensitive, especially compared to the families I see. It is likely because I control the food side of things reasonably well, I personally am a little particular with some foods and eat sometimes foods, infrequently.

The evidence does show that most younger children react to additives so giving feedback to kid’s party venues and talking to parents is something that I do. Encouraging fresh, healthy, and less processed foods, which will likely have less preservatives is often well received. Kids have small attention spans at parties and do not need a huge banquet of foods offered. A fruit and veggie platter, with cheese or dip and crackers or popcorn would keep them happy. And traditionally have the birthday cake for the special treat.

It is difficult, and even exhausting to have control over what is in all the foods offered by everyone, all of the time, and keep up with juggling work and everything else in life. Having lots of tricks up your sleeves definitely helps. My hat goes off to families with food sensitive individuals. It really is a struggle and painful at times, but having the whole family feeling happy and healthy is so valuable, the persistence is worth it!

READ FULL STORY WITH LOTS OF TIPS, by Carin Clegg Accredited Practising Dietitian

So MSG is ok now?

Q: On the news last night they said the "science" is in that MSG is okay, better than salt, and that chefs, food manufacturers etc are going to start using it more. If I eat MSG, then straightaway or up to two hours later I get a headache and blurred vision/double vision for at least 10-15 minutes. Did anyone else see this news coverage?


A: I read the same article and fumed at a paid journalist who appears to cover the talking points supplied by the litigious Glutamate Association. So now we ask “foodies”, a chef (albeit a great cook, famous and with a science degree in jurisprudence) and “social media at least” for nutritional and health advice? Really?

A few points

“a study showed that using MSG could help some people cut their salt intake by as much 40 per cent” – but did they? ... MSG also may lead to metabolic syndrome and increased belly fat.

“Food Standards Australia deem it safe” - whoopie do! A 2018 review “The adverse effects of MSG include headaches, serious allergic reactions, nausea, chest pains with heart attack–like symptoms, brain edema, weakness, and so forth ... increases the chances of reproductive dysfunction in both females and males”. And in an even more alarming 2010 review MSG was “shown to cause lesions on the brain especially in children ... (which) cause cognitive, endocrinological and emotional abnormalities”. Which is why even FSANZ limit it for children.

“only a small number of people may experience a mild hypersensitivity-type reaction to large amounts of MSG when eaten in a single meal” (FSANZ again) – actually, ANYBODY can react if the dose is high enough

and so on....

READ FULL blog with references

Cyberchondria and Dr Google

paranoia psychological problems color icon vector. paranoia psychological problems sign. isolated symbol illustration

All too often people with food intolerance are dismissed by medical professionals and by their friends, who don’t really believe that the side-effects of foods can be as bad as those of any medicine or drug. A certificate from a dietitian can help a lot with credibility.

As we all drown in a sea of misinformation, it is very important to know for certain whether foods do actually affect you, which foods are issues and how specific foods affect you.

That is why we strongly recommend that people use the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit’s diagnostic elimination and challenge protocol, thoroughly and systematically.

Testing for food intolerances

1. RPAH diagnostic elimination diet – use for a short time (minimum 2 weeks) until symptoms improve

2. Challenges – to find out exactly which food chemicals are causing which symptoms

3. Liberalisation - add back in food chemicals that didn’t cause symptoms. Discover your tolerance by gradually adding back in foods or food chemical groups that cause problems one at a time to find out how much you can tolerate

From: The Food Intolerance Handbook Volumes 1 and 2

Preferably use with an experienced and supportive (both!) dietitian from our list based on feedback from some of our 21,000 members.

Do it once and do it properly

Then you will know for sure what affects you. Then you can eat failsafe or explore other avenues with confidence.

There is now a recognised disorder called Illness Anxiety Disorder (IAD), which is excessive health anxiety often without a basis in fact. Such people may even die earlier, possibly due to the stress of worrying themselves. Dr Google does not help here. If it is food, find out.

Read more: ‘This should not be ridiculed’: the link between hypochondria and early death

Cook's Corner

Homemade flour tortillas

A surefire way of getting my 2 boys (age 5 and 3.5) to eat a meal is to wrap it in a tortilla. I was dismayed at the number of additives in our favourite brand so now we make our own and my boys love helping.

3 cups of plain flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup failsafe oil eg canola
1 cup of warm water

I make up the dough in the breadmaker and then cut, roll and cook but you can make it without a breadmaker. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add the oil and water, and mix with a fork or blunt knife until a soft dough forms. Transfer to a floured board and knead for five minutes until smooth. Put in a clean bowl, cover and stand in a warm place for an hour. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each out into a 20cm circle – this might take practice. Heat frypan over medium heat and dry cook tortilla for one minute each side, pushing down gently if it puffs up a bit. Stack on a plate and serve immediately or allow to cool, stack, wrap in foil, then freeze. Can be reheated in microwave or pan. - thanks to Anne

You can always find more recipe ideas at or Failsafe Cookbook

Every failsafer should get the regular newsletter from The Failsafe Table - it is fantastic.

109failsafetable Scroll through these delicious images and recipes for Chistmas for instance

Latest newsletter Feb 2024 #77 just out is just so full of inspiring lunchbox ideas from creative failsafe cooks we have to give the whole list:


Real Deli Chicken
Mini Frittatas
Beef Samosas with Pear Chutney
Homemade Maple Pudding Recipe
Pear Custard Tart
Salted Caramel Butter Bars
Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake
Pear Oat Bars
Easy pear muffins

Links to recipes make it so easy – thanks again Rona at Domestic Diva Unleashed and her many other contacts!

You can find more great recipes at Domestic Diva Unleashed, Cooking for Oscar, Failsafe Foodie, Real Meals and Failsafe Decorated Cakes.

Failsafe Table

There's a recipe index of ANY Failsafe recipes on ANY blog. So far there are more than 1,000 recipes with great photos and ideas all categorised to make it easy to search

Failsafe Thermomix group with recipes and a place to ask questions etc

I bought a Thermomix a couple of months ago, and absolutely love it. These machines are totally awesome, so pure and clean, and I truly believe that if we’d had a Thermomix years ago when our son was at his worst, it would have saved us a lot of heartache, as well as time and money - Susan.

And the very useful weekly meal plan website

Success Stories
You can scroll through the full text of all stories: for every story we report, there are probably another 10 that cover similar issues. And these are just the ones we get to hear about. Names have been changed to protect privacy.

Success story collections: organised by symptom or by additive keywords are proving the most popular downloads from the website. They'll be added to as time permits.

People tell us that stories are so useful and positive!

[1670] One-liners (February 2024)

When I removed anything to start on low chemicals - I was sick for about 10 days! Just detoxing and lots of fatigue - but after that I hadn’t felt better for years! - Rachael

You all have helped me understand what’s going on with my child and for that, I am eternally grateful – Amber

Thanks for the shared resource! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! – from Africa

[1669] Blurred or blurry vision (facebook thread) (February 2024)


Q: Members report vision changing when off-diet, perhaps due to too many salicylates. Noticeable even with an eye test where prescriptions done with and without salicylates are different. What might cause it?


I have trouble with blurry and foggy vision when I'm not careful with my food. I suspect the main culprit for me is gluten but also Sals. It can make waking up difficult too – Debbie

My friend’s daughter’s eye prescription changed for the better on commencement of the diet (3 weeks in). Her specialist doctor at the time attributed it to the removal of dairy and gluten as apparently both of these ingredients are inflammatory. Either way her vision improved drastically very cool 🙂 - Sonia

My vision also improved drastically on failsafe. At my last optometrist visit they refused script me until I saw a GP to confirm that the improvement wasn't being caused by any medical issues. I did notice after 10 days of sals challenge that I was getting vision issues ('floaters', sore eyes, straining) but didn't have an eye test at the time. I had to stop amines challenge after 4 days due to headaches and joint pain, so I can't confirm that they don't contribute – Laura

Yes, I most definitely do. Salicylate related - Rachel

I know When I have artificial colors and/or MSG my vision gets blurry – Amy

My optometrist was worried about the regression of my eye sight, but since I've been on the diet the regression has slowed, and I don't have days where I have tired eyes and can't see well anymore – Melissa

[1668] Tinnitus and diet (facebook thread) (February 2024)

Q: Has anyone had tinnitus improve on the failsafe diet? - Sue


Reducing salicylates made a huge difference for me – Susan

Yes by reducing histamines. I started with elimination diet FODMAPS, then RPAH/fail safe and finally SIGHI low histamine diet. All with a dietician and so we were able to specifically target high histamine foods and foods that liberate histamine - Linda

Yes it’s completely gone - Melissa

Salicylates for my daughter - Sara

Mine was totally cured on failsafe diet but I have not successfully reintroduced any salicylates as it is one of my primary symptoms - Tina

Several people also reported no improvements at all.

8 page Story collection on tinnitus and ringing in the ears
Factsheet on sensitivity to sound / hyperacusis
Salicylate-induced tinnitus researched here too

[1667] Palpitation of the heart: coffee? (facebook thread) (February 2024)

Q: My girlfriend gets palpitations of the heart. One specialist says it is from drinking decaf. Does anyone else get this and believes it is allergy or intolerance? My friend is following up with a cardiologist.


I do and it was so severe it turned into an ambulance job a few years back ... told I was highly sensitive and that was only three coffees over about 7-8 hours … I only do 1 weak decaf a day since … was pretty scary at the time too – Helen

Coffee and different decaf absolutely did this to me was so severe I had to go to hospital in ambo from food reactions (mcas) – Carol

Some decaf coffee is decaffeinated with chemicals that some folks are sensitive to. I would suggest trying decaf that's been done with the Swiss water process and see if the same thing happens - Becky

Decaf still has caffeine in it and can cause issues in caffeine hypersensitive individuals. I am one of those, so have to avoid coffee all together otherwise it gives me chest pain. If only they could make a 100% caffeine free coffee 😔 - Steve

I’m a Dietitian working in this area and I see a few patients from time to time with tachycardia like symptoms related to food intolerance. Triggers vary individually but worth trialling a low chemical diet if they have noticed food triggers or at least keep a food and symptom diary for 2-3 weeks and see if there is a pattern ? POTS is more a postural issue when standing up from a lying position - Sharon Trueman

Yep I get heart palpitations if I overdo salicylates. I had a number of visits to A&E before I worked out what was happening. For me a bath with bicarb & a glass of Eno & 2 antihistamines sorts me out 👍😉 - Anne

I have had irregular heartbeat from menopause, my salicylate intolerance, and coffee (which is high sals too but coffee triggered heart palpitations before other sals became a problem for me) - Sally

Sulphites causes heart palpitations for me along with other symptoms. Mushrooms l find very bad! - Cheryl

My severe palpitations were caused by dehydration, drinking 2 litres a day now, palpitations gone! - Rosemary

Caffeine and glutamates for me. My diet is generally very low in these but it happens after a build up from a few outings in a row with different foods/drinks/treats/mistakes - Jenny

See factsheet on heart palpitations and chest pain

See blog on dangers of licorice/liquorice and this recent story [1664] about dizziness

[1666] Reactions to cooking smells (facebook thread) (February 2024)

Q: Does anyone suffer from reactions to cooking smells? Things like curried sausages, spicy beans, curry, casserole, etc. My husband does a cook up once or twice a week and our son has been wetting the bed 3 days later. I also get quite snippy and congested and struggle with sleep after he cooks these things. It’s doing my head in! Just wish hubby would let me know in advance so I can take the kids out til the smell clears 🤦♀️ - Annie

Very much YES, say members!

I react to cooking fumes. Affects my breathing and I get really itchy. Usually frying foods is my trigger. I think it the volatile components of overheated cooking fats. We don’t use vegetable oils, but even burnt beef tallow or butter will affect me – Terri

I react to cooking smells from olive oil and Ghee or butter, if it is heated too high and produce fumes and lingering odours. Eyes swells, breathing affected too, sometimes even headaches. Had an anaphylactic after entering a fish shop (UK), strong smells of cooking oil. Reaction...eyes, face swelling, then upper airway closing. Terrifying! - Mike

My husband cooks his food either on the BBQ or in the convection oven we have for him outside in the garage or on the deck! – Sarah

I actually feel sick when my hubby cooks foods like that … my reaction is immediate - Lucy

Yes ... some food smells make me feel like vomiting - Deb

I feel your pain! These smells have just destroyed our house this morning. My 7 yr old is bawling in the kitchen and I’ve been shouting at my husband every time he looks at me. It’s diabolical. He just rolls his eyes and says ‘you’re overreacting’😡😡😡😡 - Doreen

Right now I'm having a severe relapse of my seizure disorder because someone in the house fried peppers without washing them first. Making sure conventional peppers get washed makes a big difference. I lived on an apple orchard for about 8 years as a kid and the organophosphate pesticides exposure really screwed me. - Robin

YES! My son's girlfriend is vegan and cooks with spices most days and it makes me really sick. Effect on me is immediate. She knows, just doesn't believe me. I go sit outside or in my room with the door shut until the smell goes away. Very inconvenient – Shell

Sometimes during my life, smells from cooking onions, tomatoes and pork have made me react on a spectrum of churning tummy to throwing up. I take it as a warning to forget about eating that food for a period of time. Currently I am fine with some sources of pork. I have not tested as allergic or sensitive to any of those foods – Jane

My 3 kids and I get sick if we are exposed to cooking smells. Migraines, digestive symptoms, burning in sinuses and eyes - Eve

Yes definitely. Our daughter reacts to inhalants. Spices, perfumes petrol deodorants ... the list is long - Charlie

Everyone should avoid curry. It's probably the highest sal food on earth. If high fruits are 5 or 6 sals, curry is 250. It's off the charts - Joan

You need a really good kitchen exhaust to the outside & all prep work needs to be done close to the fan. Makes a huge difference. Some oil splatter will still occur & need to be cleaned from all nearby surfaces afterwards. Moved toaster outside for a few years, but brought back in after fixing exhaust fan. Also I shake out crumbs every time he uses it. Big improvement to our relationship! - Sue

Garlic is a big reactor for me as well as the spice etc - Michelle

Yes absolutely. The food doesn't even have to be cooked. My partner's orange rind in the compost bin under the sink makes me ill - Sam

Cooking onion in our house is an absolute no no! I scratch my whole face off, even with the exhaust fan up high - Linda

Thank you all for the replies! My husband rolls his eyes when I say that the food is causing our reactions and I get even more upset. I’m really grateful to hear from you all and know it’s not just me 🙏🏻❤️

See factsheet on inhaled salicylates

For failsafers with fragrance sensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia see blog and

(Howard comment: cooking oil fumes contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), heterocyclic aromatic amines, benzene, and formaldehyde which may cause oxidative damages to DNA and lipids. Cooking oil fumes may affect bronchitis (eg but there are many medical reports of longer-term harm too (eg and

Don’t forget, you can search for stories/symptoms or scroll through all current stories.

Your Questions

Q: Are the approved apples (Red and Golden Delicious) really lower in SALS (salicylates) than green beans? Is there anything that makes them more likely to cause a reaction? Thanks.

A: PEELED Golden Delicious 0.08mg/100g, PEELED Red Delicious apple 0.19mg/100g; Green French beans 0.11mg/100g were the original Swain results, so no significant difference between approved apples and beans. The sweeter, milder taste in riper fruits also means that they are likely to be lower in salicylates.

Anne Swain's initial food analyses were done using a method that would be regarded as crude today, but very effective as it included not just chemically-exact salicylates but other reactive phenols as well. This means that her results were closer to what happens when you eat food than today's very exact tests for just salicylates. That said, RPAH have tweaked food lists based on many thousands of people in clinical experience. Then, as other failsafers say, fruit and vegetables vary depending on how they are grown and how many salicylates they may need to produce to repel high pest loads. Thus organic fruit may be higher because they needed to produce more insect-repelling chemicals than fruit where pesticides were used. That makes simple statements about salicylate contents difficult, to say the least! Find out how you react and stick with that, as everyone is different.

Frequently Asked Questions are the result of a lot of work by many people. Over 322,000 people have viewed them!

You can search all or scroll through them all classified as follows:

  • Additive questions
  • Diet questions
  • Food and product questions
  • Graphic answers for the 9 most common questions
  • Medications and supplement questions
  • Perfume and chemical sensitivity questions
  • Personal care and household cleaning questions
  • Support questions
  • Symptom questions


Here are graphics for the 9 most common questions

In Brief

ADVANCE NOTICE: Sue Dengate talk June 2024

Sue will be presenting personally and by Zoom at the ECTA Early Childhood Conference in Brisbane on Saturday 27 June 2024. While it is expensive to join ECTA (at least $100, see more ) you may be able to access this through work if you are in the education system.

Effects of food on children’s behaviour
This workshop will show how to avoid ultra-processed foods and how to use Sydney’s RPAH diagnostic elimination diet, supervised by an experienced dietitian, when diagnoses such as ADHD are involved or food is suspected.

Nutrition panel calculator link

109nutritionpanel(this is the nutrition panel for the Homemade flour tortillas recipe above)

Did you know that you can key in your recipe online and get a nutrition report the same as those on you see on your food labels? It has a new home page and is easy to use:

FSANZ stakeholder satisfaction or otherwise


Our food regulator FSANZ periodically asks for views on their performance. In late 2023, on behalf of FIN, I expressed the view that FSANZ represents the views of the food industry above those of consumers, despite their Act requiring attention to consumers concerns. One particular failure of regulation is that FSANZ chooses to regulate ‘white powder’ food additives, while ignoring the exact same chemical when added by manufacturers in other forms and in unregulated amounts. This is to fool consumers and avoid showing that additive on labels. For example, of the 19 ways in which propionate preservatives can be added to food, only 8 are regulated and must appear as additives. The rest are hidden and so are present in unregulated amounts. Of the 131 ways in which glutamate flavour enhancers can be added to food, only 12 are regulated and must appear as additives. The rest are hidden. And so on. This is not logical or effective regulation, it is regulatory failure.

Submission to A1254 Rosemary extract as a food additive - extension of use

We pointed out to FSANZ (again) that it is inadequately tested in foods. It seems you can add chemicals so long as they come from 'natural' sources...."the main components of rosemary extract that impart the antioxidative properties are carnosic acid and carnosol". Network members responded: “More and more items I cannot eat Ahh” – Ruth and "Yay! In the US! I it’s now even in our organic ground turkey! It’s in so many health foods, labeled as a natural preservative". 😑 - Amber

White colour 171 titanium dioxide: no safety level

In November 2023, the Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, as well as the World Health Organisation Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), confirmed a ‘not-specified’ daily intake level for Titanium Dioxide. JECFA had previously found there to be insufficient safety evidence regarding titanium dioxide to specify a safe daily level. In its most recent assessment, JECFA noted gaps in the literature, including a lack of epidemiological studies, that would support a daily intake level. The EU banned it in 2021 but in Australia and NZ it is still in use.

Sue Dengate's famous presentation “Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour” view for free (1hr 12mins).

Irene says “ladies show your men the video as they will rarely read the book. Watching an hour of a DVD is more comprehensible to the male brain. That is how I got my husband to finally understand our son’s behaviour and to support what I am doing with him. He now has the book in his van and every spare moment he has, he reads it" - from story [717]

Subtitled version in 6 languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish) can also be viewed for free. (The Bonus material of interviews with parents can only be seen in purchased version)



Addictive UPF foods and additives

Addiction to ultra-processed food (UPF) affects 14% of adults and around 12% of children globally, experts say, and food additives may also contribute to this “addictiveness of UPFs”. While additives, which are added to food for taste and to “improve the mouth feel” are unlikely to be addictive on their own, they could “become powerful reinforcers of the effects of calories in the gut”, they wrote.

Shopping List

The complete list of food additives, with those to avoid highlighted, has just been updated to the latest information.

Sausage list updates: please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the format below: NEW

5253 Monteith. Monteith Meats. Pick up 286 Bells Road, Monteith. Delivery available to Murray Bridge or Tailem Bend. Call/text Rachel 0431 208 000. Great service, happily made 5kg of sausages from failsafe recipe. - thanks Chloe


Small shipment of this rechargeable 'electronic mask' (as one grateful member called it) just arrived in time for school, bushfires and virus season. See shop

Food Intolerance Resources from RPAH at

The following resources have been made available on the condition that they are for personal use only and may not be distributed:

  • Elimination Diet shopping guide
  • NSW & ACT butchers
  • Toiletries & Personal care products
  • Medications
  • Nutritional Supplements

NOTE the failsafe shopping lists on is being regularly updated to reflect changes. If using the shopping lists, check for a current date at the bottom of the list.

The failsafe sausages list has been updated again. Please email directly with changes, preferably in the format in the list, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. People continue to rave about the real flavour of these sausages!

The completely revised and updated Friendly Food from RPAH is now available at $38.00 including post and GST from the Food Intolerance Network store

Friendly Foodsmall

SPECIAL OFFER because it costs no more to post these:

  • Friendly Food (at cost) $38.00 incl postage & GST
  • add Fed Up for only $18.00 (32% discount)
  • add Failsafe Cookbook for only $27.00 (22% discount)
  • add Fed Up and Failsafe Cookbook for only $45.00 (25% discount)
  • add DVD Fed Up with Children's Behaviour for only $14.00 (45% discount)
  • add 'The Set' (Fed Up, Failsafe Cookbook & DVD) for only $60.00 (25% discount)

Fact Sheets

If you want some inspiration, try the COURAGE AWARD story collection - 40 pages of brilliance!

Most recent story collection: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (14 pages). Other recent collection doctors and food intolerance and violence and aggression – if anyone wants to help update a story collection (all you need is time and some word processing skills) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Factsheets provide science-based access to information on added and natural chemicals, on symptoms and support. See full list of over 100 factsheets and remember that you can use the search function to search all factsheets (Information>Factsheets>Search all factsheets)

Don't forget that there is great collection of short videos to help answer your questions and understand food intolerance.

Thanks for your continuing support of each other!


  • We are pleased to advise that well-known dietitian Liz Beavis is now focused fully on food intolerance. See contact details.

  • Remember that we always recommend that people use one of our supportive and experienced dietitians for best results. Do it once and do it properly and then you will know which food intolerances you have and how to manage them. There is now a list of dietitians able to consult in languages other than English, and overseas.

  • For all failsafe-friendly dietitians, see the regularly updated - there is no longer any need to email for this list. Let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you find others not listed.

  • Many dietitians are now online and the cost (typically $80 per half hour) can be rebated from most health funds. Ask them when making contact. As one dietitian said,”I use Coviu which is a video conferencing service developed by the CSIRO for Australian allied health workers. It is encrypted end to end so it has a very high privacy. I can show education videos, share documents, patients can fill out forms for me and I can see them in real time so it is going really well”.

Diet not working as well as you'd hoped? One tiny mistake can make a huge difference. For fine-tuning, see the Checklist of common mistakes. Readers tell us this list is very useful. You can also ask for our Salicylate, Amine and Glutamate mistakes sheets This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online support

DVD "Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour” DVD

Brochures Flags indicating languages our brochures are available in. Finland

  • available in many languages in a printer-friendly format (thanks to Failsafe members for translating!). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help with other languages. Brochure in Chinese. Latest brochure in Finnish.


  • All Failsafe Newsletters can be searched and printed. There is a wealth of research, issue discussion, recipes, personal reports and recipes now available in one place. But some of the links are out of date and you must always check current products rather than relying on historical information.

Success story collections

  • These are the most popular downloads from the website, organised by symptom and by additive. The latest collections are Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (14 pages), violence and aggression (54 pages) and on doctors and food intolerance (7 pages)

  • The Food Intolerance Network strongly supports the peer-reviewed publication of evidence regarding the effects of salicylates on health, behaviour and learning and acknowledges that more research needs to be published, particularly using dietary salicylates. However the very foundation of science is observation and these observations over many years show an astonishing and convincing range of real symptoms. We hope that they may assist in stimulating further research publication.

Reintroduction guidelines

  • for people who are extra sensitive, the new RPAH reintroduction guidelines recommend much smaller servings of salicylate and amine containing foods than previously, see reader comment below. Available on request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Thank you so much for the new RPAH reintroduction recommendations. I now understand why when I tried to ascertain my tolerance levels and did as my dietician recommended (try 1/2 a cup of salicylates) that my symptoms returned very quickly. ½ a cup is 100 times ¼ of a teaspoon, and given my scent problems I’m probably highly sensitive. Now I can try again" - failsafer, NZ

**WARNING** is a spam website funded by the shadowy “Society for Public Health” about which no information is available. We think it is a food industry spam site and complaints about stealing our name have been unanswered. Use to find us directly.

A video-graphic introduction to food intolerance from one of our Network members (2 mins): Food intolerances, what are they? Thanks to Steph Aromataris


Privacy statement about emails and reports: Your email addresses and stories are never shared with anyone without your express permission. Names in stories are often changed to better protect the privacy of those providing them but the original emails are held in a secure location to provide evidence that these are real reports and that express permission to share them has been granted.

The FAILSAFE Newsletter is available free by email. You can subscribe or unsubscribe here

Sue Dengate’s books and DVD, failsafe magnifying card sulphite test strips and ionizing air purifiers are available through the shop on

Special offer for USA and Canada: Fed Up With Children' Behaviour (NTSC format) - DVD at $US14.50 - go to and search for "Sue Dengate"

Fed Up and the Failsafe Cookbook are now available as an ebook: for Kindle, in ePub version suitable for Tablet PCs, PCs, Macs, Laptops, in ePub for digital and iPhone/iPad.

Sue Dengate’s Fed Up with Food Intolerance - a personal story (Australia USA and many other countries)

  • NOW AVAILABLE AS A PRINTED BOOK $A14.85 incl GST in Australia, different prices in other countries - lend it to your friends! (ISBN: 979-8845846761 ASIN: B0B92L1L1L)
  • STILL AVAILABLE in ebook only $A4.56 (ISBN: 978-0992320706 ASIN: B00I8D5DNU)

"Of all your books, your book Fed Up with Food Intolerance is my favourite ­ I just couldn’t put it down" - from Fed Up Roadshow 2015

Look inside

Book cover: Fedup with Food Intolerance

This is the story that helped thousands of parents and adults understand this baffling disorder.

Buy direct at
Download a sample for Kindle (.mobi) or for other ereaders (.epub).
Also available through Amazon for Kindle

Disclaimer: the information given is not intended as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor for possible underlying illness. Before beginning dietary investigation, consult a dietician with an interest in food intolerance. Information is drawn from the scientific literature, web research, group members and personal enquiry; while all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and the Food Intolerance Network and Sue Dengate cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions.

© Sue Dengate 2024 (text) PO Box 718 WOOLGOOLGA NSW 2456, Australia but material can be reproduced with acknowledgement. Thanks to the many members who have written, phoned and contributed to this newsletter and particularly to Rona, Teresa and Tracy for their help with recipes, facebook and story collections. Further reading and viewing: Fed Up and The Failsafe Cookbook by Sue Dengate (Random House Australia), Fed Up with Children’s Behaviour (DVD) by Sue Dengate