In 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was started. Its mission is to raise public awareness, provide advocacy and education, and advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. With over 25,000 members worldwide, FAAN has become a link between patients and others by providing information about this important and growing topic.
In 1997, FAAN started the Food Allergy Awareness Week with the 13th annual event kicking off this Mother’s Day, May 9th – 15th. The theme this year is to help those with food allergies to “respect every bite.” With over 12 million Americans suffering from food allergies and many undiagnosed, there is a big push this year to help bring awareness to this topic.
Foods that typically cause allergic reactions most often are peanuts, milk, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, fish, soy, and shellfish. Despite this list, food allergies are certainly not limited to those eight foods, and testing should be done with a medical professional to determine what foods should be avoided. In addition, reading food labels and being aware of key terminology is extremely important. While the FDA requires the top allergens to be listed on packaging, they may not currently do enough to protect you and your family.
For more information along with activities and details to get your state involved visit: Food Allergy Awareness Week.