KFA Leadership & Announcements

Join AAFA, AAAAI, KFA for a #FoodAllergy101 Twitter Chat

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Kids With Food Allergies Wednesday, August 17 at 1 PM EST for a #FoodAllergy101Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational , @AAAAI_org and @KFAtweets . Use #FoodAllergy101. Experts will answer your questions about food allergies, such as: What is anaphylaxis? What is an action plan? How do I treat a reaction? And more!

The School Forms You Need Before Your Child with Food Allergies Starts School

Are you getting ready to send your child with food allergies off to school? Whether it is your child's first year in school or the sixth, you must send in new forms every year. Here is our checklist of the forms you need to finish before the first day. Get copies of these forms from the school. These forms will need your doctor's authorization or signature. ✓ Medication Authorization These forms state if your child can self-carry and/or self-administer medications at school. These forms are...

Help Families with Food Allergies Affected by the West Virginia Floods

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , is asking you to help our fellow families in West Virginia who have been burdened, displaced or evacuated due to severe storms and flooding. Families who have children with food allergies encounter challenging circumstances during emergencies. Some of the unique requirements of this population after disasters include: 1. Shelters without animals, with safe kitchens and asthma/allergy-friendly...

NBC Still Not Getting It - Making Fun of Food Allergies Isn't Funny

Have you noticed an increase in the number of media and entertainment personalities making fun of people who live with food allergies? The latest incident involves Ricky Gervais on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Mr. Gervais openly mocked the significance of food allergies in the lives of millions of Americans. Jimmy Fallon simply laughed along.

New AAFA-Affiliated Support Group Turns West Virginia Teal for Food Allergy Awareness

Sometimes it takes just one determined mom to make a difference. Here is what one West Virginia mom did in a short amount of time to create a spectacular Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW)! Earlier this year, Robyn Clark, a community member of Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), posted about looking for help with an Easter egg hunt. One thing led to another. And pretty soon, she found enough people to form a support group, the WV Children's Allergy Alliance. The group is one of the many support...

KFA Blog Named One of the Best Food Allergy Blogs of 2016

For the fifth year in a row, our Kids With Food Allergies blog has been named one of " The 19 Best Allergy Blogs of 2016 " by Healthline.com. We are pleased to again be recognized as a leader in providing high-quality food allergy information, food and recipes, and news about food allergies and anaphylaxis. It is important to stay up-to-date on news and food allergy recalls. By joining our community and following our blog, you will receive breaking news about research and treatments. JOIN NOW

Letter To NBC: Jokes About Food Allergies Can Put People in Danger

On behalf of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the more than 15 million Americans living with food allergies, I am writing with some concerns about a recent broadcast on the Today Show entitled “Coming Out of Their Shells.” The segment featured Matt Lauer and Al Roker as they searched for the world’s largest pistachio. In the episode, they make light of and even laugh at nut allergies.

AAFA Responds to Peanut-Tainted Flour Warning

Last week, a published report said that a variety of cake and cookie recalls were linked to flour containing “low levels” of undeclared peanut that was supplied to a Georgia company. Food Safety News said the Georgia company, CSM Bakery Solutions, used the flour in products distributed to its customers. The company said that testing after production revealed the presence of peanut. Peanut was not listed on the product labels. “Even trace amounts of a food allergen can be deadly,” said Dr.

Ways to Share What It Is Like to Live With Food Allergies

For children with food allergies, and everyone who cares for them, food allergy awareness is every day, all day long. It affects every aspect of our lives. Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 8 - 14, 2016. This week is dedicated to spreading awareness to help others understand what it is like to manage food allergies. Share our video about what we want others to understand about living with food allergies. Share our collection of 22 Things We Want You to Understand . More Awareness Images To...

Is Your Child the Face of Food Allergies?

You can raise awareness by adding your child's photo to our seventh annual Faces of Food Allergies photo album. If your child is one of the millions of children with a food allergy, upload their picture to our photo-sharing campaign. Their face will become part of our featured slideshow! You will also be entered to win an allergy-friendly gift pack from Enjoy Life Foods.

Kindergarten Teacher Turns Food Allergies Into a Teachable Moment

Like many schools, Woodland Hills Private School has several students with food allergies, especially nut allergies. And like many schools, they have a strict no-nut policy. But even with the no-nut policy, the Woodland Hills, California school found that they needed more parent and student education to prevent food with nuts from coming into the school accidentally. That’s when kindergarten teacher Marjorie Natal had the idea to create a lesson using word sorting to help her students better...

Do the Food Allergen Labeling Laws Apply to Cosmetics?

From lip balm and shampoo to moisturizers and eye shadow, cosmetics are overseen by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Even though these products go on our lips and skin, the FDA provides a lot less oversight than you might expect. In fact, most of the time the government does not get involved until there is a problem. Here’s what you need to know. What are “cosmetics”? The government defines “cosmetics” based on how the product is meant to be used. Cosmetics are meant to be rubbed,...