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  • Recognizing Food Allergy Prevention Awareness Day: May 28, 2020

    By: Annie Bunje

Recognizing Food Allergy Prevention Awareness Day: May 28, 2020

By: Annie Bunje

Recognizing Food Allergy Prevention Awareness Day: May 28, 2020

By: Annie Bunje

Learn more about the important work from the House of Representatives in introducing a resolution to designate May 28 as Food Allergy Prevention Awareness Day to raise awareness for food allergies and the new guidelines on prevention. 


Ready, Set, Food!'s Commitment To Raising Awareness for Food Allergy Prevention


“With more than 32 million suffering from a food allergy today, we’re committed to shining a light on how the serious impact of food allergies in our country underlines the need for food allergy prevention to reverse this troubling epidemic,” explains CEO and Co-Founder of  Ready, Set, Food! Daniel Zakowski. “Thanks to the leadership of Representatives Julia Brownley, Doris Matsui and Ro Khanna, Food Allergy Prevention Awareness Day marks an important step towards advancing our commitment and generating more awareness on ending this public health crisis for parents, health care providers and most importantly, the 200,000 babies saved from a severe food allergy every year with early allergen introduction.” 


Food Allergy Prevention Awareness Day: Congressional Resolution

The number of Americans with food allergies has been increasing substantially over recent decades. In fact, there was a 50% increase in the number of people with food allergies between 1997 and 2011. Today, over 32 million Americans are living with food allergies. These allergies can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life and how he or she interacts with the world. Allergies can even be life-threatening. The cost of food allergies to American families annually is $25 billion, not counting costs to businesses that seek to accommodate individuals with food allergies. The cost of labelling, liability, manufacturing accommodations, and preventative measures taken by companies, schools, and other organizations across the nation is enormous.

That said, scientific recent research has begun showing promising signs of ways to prevent infants from ever developing food allergies in the first place. Studies about peanut allergies, a particularly deadly allergy for many, have shown that early introduction of peanuts when a baby is around six months can reduce the chance of developing an allergy, depending on the baby’s risk factors. While more research is needed, these early results are a positive sign of potential future breakthroughs in preventing food allergies that could improve the lives of millions of Americans and potentially reduce costs for American businesses.

Our resolution is intended to bring awareness to the impact that food allergies have on individuals and families, as well as restaurants, retailers, and food manufacturers, and to encourage more research on effective prevention treatments.

 

The following members are co-leading this resolution: 

JULIA BROWNLEY

Member of Congress                       

DORIS MATSUI                          

Member of Congress  

RO KHANNA

Member of Congress                  

View the full resolution here and join our mission to save 200,000 babies a year from severe food allergies. 

 

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