Food Allergy News and Research

We Need Your Stories About USDA Allergen Labeling

Have you had trouble reading USDA food labels for top 8 allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish)? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Inspection Service regulates meat, poultry, processed egg products and certain foods that contain these products. AAFA needs your story about the challenges of reading these labels to submit to the USDA to prove the need for clearer allergen labeling for the top 8 allergens.

We Need Your Story About Sesame Labeling in the U.S.

Have you had issues with undeclared sesame or sesame hiding in foods? We need your story to submit to the Food and Drug administration to prove the need for allergen labeling for sesame. Send us your examples of the following to advocacy@aafa.org . Foods with undeclared sesame - these are foods where a) “sesame” is not listed in the ingredients, and b) you confirmed separately that there is sesame in the product. Food labels where sesame is listed in the ingredients under an unusual name...

What To Do If You Have Trouble Filling Your EpiPen® or Generic Epinephrine Prescription

We have heard from members in our community that many are having trouble filling prescriptions for three of the four types of epinephrine auto-injectors: EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (distributed by Mylan) The authorized generic of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (distributed by Mylan) Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector, the authorized generic of Adrenaclick® (distributed by Impax) This is due to possible shortages at pharmacies. Kids With Food Allergies has confirmed there is no shortage of the drug...

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for Infants and Toddlers to Be Available May 1

Kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, today announced that AUVI-q® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.1 mg will be available nationwide by prescription beginning May 1, 2018. AUVI-q 0.1 mg is indicated for the treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in infants and toddlers weighing 16.5 to 33 pounds (7.5 to 15 kilograms).

Report: 150% Rise in ER Visits for Severe Allergic Reactions Among Children

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) released a report called Childhood Allergies in America. The study showed that allergy rates among children increased from 2010 to 2016. The study looked at about 9.6 million U.S. with health insurance, ages 18 and younger. It found that 18 percent of these children have allergies. They looked at anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction), dermatitis (inflamed skin or skin rash) and rhinitis (runny, stuffy nose).

Research Suggests Eosinophilic Esophagitis Is a Late Manifestation of the Atopic March

The atopic march describes how patients who have an allergic disease are more likely to develop another or multiple allergic diseases in their lifetime. This progression commonly starts with eczema in infancy and can develop into food allergy, asthma or hay fever in childhood. Now, new research being presented at the Joint Congress provides evidence that EoE is a late but probable part of this disease progression.

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