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Increasing Food Allergy Awareness With Your Help

The state of food allergies is changing at a fast pace. As the rate of food allergies have increased, it has become more and more evident that change must happen to help people managing this condition. With greater awareness comes more research studies, more clinical trials, and more hope for treatments. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), the food allergy division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been on the front lines of awareness efforts. We saw our hard work pay...

A Year in Advocacy – Better Food Labeling, Anaphylaxis Policies, and Healthy Schools

Happy December! Welcome to your 2021 advocacy update from Kids with Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) . This year was a truly important year for the food allergy community. Here are some of the highlights. The School-Based Asthma and Allergy Management Program Act KFA kicked off the year with the passing of an important bill in January. Former President Trump signed the School-Based Asthma and Allergy Management Program Act on Jan. 5.

High School Senior Uses Her Personal Experiences to Advocate for People With Food Allergies and Asthma

Shreaya Madireddy is a senior in high school near Dayton, Ohio. She has asthma, eczema, and animal and environmental allergies. She is also allergic to all nuts, peanuts, coconut, beans, and soy. But Shreaya doesn’t let her food allergies and asthma hold her back. She coaches youth volleyball and volunteers at local nursing homes through the Key Club. She volunteers with Be the Match to help set up bone marrow registration drives. And she uses her voice to make a difference for people with...

Tell Us Your Story About Grocery Shopping Online With Food Allergies

Update: The comment period has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments. Sign up for our Advocacy Alerts to get updates about this topic and other advocacy efforts. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for comments on the “ New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce .” The summit is meant to help the FDA understand how people shop online for food. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will be sending comments to the FDA about how people with...

The Impact of Eczema on Children With Food Allergies

Eczema is common among children with food allergies. That's not surprising since they are both caused by reactions of the immune system. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common form of eczema. Many people think of it as “dry skin” or “sensitive skin.” But people who don't know about AD aren't aware of the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on families who manage it.

New Bill Could Lead to Major Improvements in Food Allergy Labeling

The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 (FLMA, H.R. 4917/S. 2954 ) has been introduced in the House and Senate. If passed, the bill would make long overdue changes to food labeling in the United States. The FLMA aims to make food labels clearer and more accessible for all Americans, including people living with food allergies. “This bill will bring much-needed clarity to food labels so Americans can make informed, healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Current labels are a...

Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment (Video)

Update for Oct. 1, 2021: Did you miss the live stream of the PFDD meeting on food allergy? You can watch the recording . You can still share your experiences living with and managing food allergy. Send in your comments by Oct. 9, 2021. We will include your comments in the upcoming food allergy “Voice of the Patient Report.” We will send this report to FDA representatives. By sharing your story, you can help influence the future of treatments for food allergies. SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS The...

Illinois Passes Elijah’s Law to Prevent Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Child Day Care Programs

Update: On Aug. 20, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed Elijah’s Law in Illinois. Thank you to the nearly 300 AAFA and EAF community members who contacted their Illinois lawmakers and Governor Pritzker to ensure this important bill became law. The Illinois House and Senate have passed Elijah’s Law (HB0102) . It is now waiting to be signed into law by Governor Pritzker. Under this bill, the Illinois Department of Public Health must create policies to prevent anaphylaxis (a severe allergic...

AAFA Marks Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to Asthma and Food Allergies

On this final Friday of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), our food allergy division, are holding a Remembrance Day in honor of family members and loved ones who’ve died from asthma or allergies. On average, more than 3,500 Americans die from asthma each year. 1 An estimated 200 also die each year because of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. 2 These death rates...

Ask Congress to Support People With Food Allergies and Asthma

Advocating for children with food allergies and asthma is a great way to spread awareness during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . We invite you to help us take action on Advocacy Action Day! When creating policies, Congress needs to consider what families managing food allergies and asthma need to live full, healthy lives. Around 5.6 million children and 26 million adults in the U.S. have food allergies. About 25 million people have asthma. And because these are related...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: AAFA Ranks the Top 100 Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. And since it’s an allergic disease, it’s also common in children with food allergies. Both conditions are part of a progression of allergic diseases called the “ allergic march .” There are several factors involved in the development of asthma. Genetics, exposure to tobacco smoke, and illnesses can play a role. But community factors may influence who develops asthma and how they are able to manage it. On May 5, 2021 – World Asthma Day – the...

Food Allergy Advocacy Win: The President Signs the FASTER Act and Makes Sesame a Major Allergen

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. Under the FASTER Act, food manufacturers have until Jan. 1, 2023, to update labels of products containing sesame. But you may see sesame appear on labels...

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: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. This is a huge advocacy milestone for people with food allergies. Thank you for helping us advocate for this bill. On Feb. 22, 2021, the House representatives...

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...

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A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1235 South Clark Street Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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