As regular readers know, last year I discovered a research team in Hong Kong who had a prototype testing device for measuring the histamine content of food. They had made it predominantly to test for histamine in fish and seafood, but after I wrote to them explaining about our illnesses and the fact we were all desperate for a way to be able to test the histamine in other types of food they said it should be adaptable for our needs. I was beyond excited and one of the researchers came over to the UK to demonstrate the device to me. That was back in April, but despite saying they’d send me the prototype to try by early June I heard nothing from them.
Today I received an email from the lead researcher to say that unfortunately the company they’d approached to produce the prototype wanted $30,000 and there was no way that was affordable for them, so the project had been shelved 😦 I am absolutely and utterly gutted.
Not only has the project been shelved, but the lead researcher has left his post in Hong Kong to move to the UK in a different role so that is very much the end of that. So my friends, we are still out in the wilderness in terms of being able to test our food for histamine and playing Russian Roulette as to whether we’ll go into anaphylactic shock or not on any given day. Great.