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To NBC – Food Allergies Are Not an “Emotional” Reaction

Once again, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has mocked food allergies. This time, Jimmy Fallon and actor Milo Ventimiglia made fun of anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction) as if it was an “emotional” response. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) sent a letter to Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of the show at NBC asking the network to take food allergies seriously. This is not the first time Jimmy Fallon and guests on the show have made fun of people with food...

Advocacy Update: Congress Reintroduces Bill on Sesame Labeling and Food Allergy Research

Update: Advocacy Action Alert! On March 3, 2021, the Senate passed the recently reintroduced FASTER Act (S. 578). This means the FASTER Act is back on track to becoming law, helping to protect millions of Americans living with food allergies. Sesame is also closer to being added to the list of major allergens. It would not be part of this bill without AAFA's work. We thank Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) for introducing the FASTER Act in the Senate and for working to get it...

Confronting Hunger and the Racial Food Allergy Divide

The best way to prevent food allergy reactions is to stay away from known allergens. This may sound simple. But it is much more complicated than that. You have to know how to identify foods your child is allergic to and understand how foods are labeled . This means if your child has food allergies, you have to be sure they eat safe foods and other caregivers know how to manage their food allergy. Because of this, the foods you have access to may be limited. For some families managing food...

Black Americans With Food Allergies and Asthma Need Health Equity Now

February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...

Fighting for Lights of Hope In a Year of Darkness

Like many organizations, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020: The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Reduced production of allergy-friendly foods and food labeling changes due to the pandemic Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters...

Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

Updates: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. AAFA Celebrates Major Advocacy Win! Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 Law gives greater protections and resources to students with...

FASTER Act, Which Would Recognize Sesame as a Top Food Allergen, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Update: Advocacy Action Alert! On March 3, 2021, the Senate passed the recently reintroduced FASTER Act (S. 578). This means the FASTER Act is back on track to becoming law, helping to protect millions of Americans living with food allergies. Now the FASTER Act (H.R. 1202) needs to pass in the House. Read more and learn how you can ask your representative to support the FASTER Act in the House. On Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act...

Advocacy Update: FDA Moves Forward on Sesame Labeling

Updates: On March 3, 2021, the Senate passed the recently reintroduced FASTER Act (S. 578). This means the FASTER Act is back on track to becoming law, helping to protect millions of Americans living with food allergies. Now the FASTER Act (H.R. 1202) needs to pass in the House. Read more and learn how you can ask your representative to support the FASTER Act in the House. On Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2020, also called...

AAFA Releases Asthma Disparities in America Report

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. These groups have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. People with asthma often have other allergic diseases, like food allergies . Disparities exist in food allergies too. Black children are 7% more likely to have food allergies than...

What the FDA’s Temporary Food Labeling Guidance Really Means for People With Food Allergies

Update – July 16, 2020: The FDA's temporary labeling guidance will remain in effect for the length of the public health emergency (PHE) due to the spread of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). A PHE is determined and declared by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The PHE remains in place during the emergency or 90 days, but may be extended by the secretary. Though the current PHE is set to expire on July 25, 2020, HHS Secretary Azar has said he will extend the...

Strides in Food Allergy Advocacy

Even though 32 million Americans have food allergies, protections for people with food allergies are still lacking. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and its division Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) have been advocating for better food allergy awareness and for ways to prevent severe allergic reactions. Engagement With FDA During COVID-19 – AAFA is leading a coalition of 13 other food allergy organizations to respond to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) "Temporary...

Unpacking Food Allergy Bias During a New Turning Point in the Struggle for Racial Equality

By Kafi Drexel Brown Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Public Relations Director I have a confession. While health and wellness have been a longtime focus of my life and work, I didn’t give food allergies much thought until I joined the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) as its public relations director. It also didn’t hit me how odd it is I haven’t considered food allergies an important factor in my life until having a conversation with a colleague about how racial...

Letter to the FDA: Require Food Manufacturers to Post Substitutions

Update: We are pleased to announce that on June 18, 2020, the FDA responded to our joint letter on their temporary labeling guidelines. They released a list of FAQs to help clear up confusion. The FDA is making it clear that: Any substitution that involves a top 8 allergen recognized by law and those identified as “priority allergens” by other countries including sesame, celery, lupin, buckwheat, molluscan shellfish and mustard must require a label change by manufacturers and vendors The...

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