KFA Leadership & Announcements

AAFA Announces Departure of CEO Dr. Cary Sennett

April 3, 2017, Landover, MD – Today, the Board of Directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announces the departure of Dr. Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, FACP. “It is with extreme gratitude that I thank Dr. Sennett for his service to the asthma and allergy community,” said Board Chair, Heidi Bayer. “Dr. Sennett helped us create a vision for the future of AAFA which puts our constituents in the forefront of every program and policy decision with a goal of helping them to live a lif

Recall Alert: Expanded Recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Epinephrine Autoinjectors Include Lots Distributed in U.S.

Mylan Provides Update on Meridian Medical Technologies', a Pfizer Company, Expanded Voluntary Worldwide Recall of EpiPen® Auto-Injector HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH, March 31, 2017 / PRNewswire / -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan's manufacturing partner for EpiPen® Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection,...

Did you or someone you know eat Quorn and get sick?

File an adverse reaction report here . We’re sharing information from The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). They are collecting reports from people who have gotten sick after eating Quorn. Quorn is a brand name of meat substitutes. It is made from a fungus that is grown in a vat (like bacteria) rather than taken from the ground, like a mushroom. Some people reported allergic reactions after eating Quorn, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and occasionally hives or...

Tell the FDA to List Sesame as a Major Food Allergen on Food Labels

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is standing up for people allergic to sesame. We joined with a consumer advocacy group to ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add sesame to the list of ingredients that must be disclosed on food labels. Currently, only eight allergens - milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy - are listed on food labels . Allergens not on that list - such as sesame – are sometimes called non top-8 allergens. AAFA and the...

New Allergy and Anaphylaxis Action Plan

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirmed epinephrine as the first choice to treat severe allergic reactions. And to make certain parents, caregivers and others are ready to treat anaphylaxis, the AAP released its own version of a food allergy action plan . 1 Download PDF The recommendations were released in the February 13 edition of the journal Pediatrics . 2 The report stresses that it is better to use epinephrine early, even if parents are not 100% sure that the symptoms are...

NJ Residents: Contact Your Local Representatives About Elemental Formula Bill

If you live in New Jersey, take action now by urging your local representative in the New Jersey state legislature to move a bill through the legislative process that covers the cost of special formula for eosinophilic disorders regardless of delivery method. The bill, S2649, gives health insurance coverage for amino acid-based elemental formulas (like Neocate® or EleCare®) for eosinophilic disorders. The bill provides coverage for elemental formula no matter how it is delivered. An infant...

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

Around Valentine's Day, others may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat any candy unless a parent or trusted adult has verified that it is safe to eat. Many candies look alike but can have different ingredients and advisory warnings. Many smaller candies are sold in larger packages and do not have an ingredient label on the individual pieces. Remind your child to not eat any candy until you can carefully check the ingredient...

How to Parent a Child Who Takes Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Stride

If you’re like many parents of children who have severe food allergies, you worry about how this condition will affect your child as they grow up. Will the food allergies make your child anxious or miserable? Will they be afraid to leave the house? Will they take risks? How will it affect them? I have good news for you. It really is possible to raise your child in a way that they accept their food allergies as just another part of who they are. Your child can turn out “well-adjusted” in...

Pledge Your #TealLove for a Child With Food Allergies This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can be a challenge for kids with food allergies. Candy and treats can mean being excluded or feeling unsafe. #TealLove means being inclusive of those with food allergies. How can you pledge your #TealLove to someone with food allergies on Valentine's Day? Show food allergy awareness with our #TealLove awareness ribbons. One in 13 U.S. kids has a food allergy. You can use these images as your profile picture or share on social media: Encourage non-food gifts which are safer...

Help Drive the Future of Food Allergy Research

Does your family have food allergies? If so, we invite you to inform food allergy research. Our Food Allergy Patient & Family Registry (Registry) is a web-based program that gives you a place to share your experiences. The Registry is a program to collect, manage and analyze data from and about people with food allergies. It will advance research through patient information. Our goal is to find ways to prevent and cure food allergy. The first and only “patient-centered” food allergy...

Tips to Safely Celebrate Valentine's Day With Food Allergies

There's nothing sweeter than celebrating Valentine's Day with the ones you love. Valentine's Day has long been associated with candy and sweets. For children with food allergies, this can mean being excluded or feeling unsafe. Focusing on non-food gifts allows everyone to safely enjoy the holiday. Use our Tips to Safely Celebrate Valentine's Day With Food Allergies which includes ideas for celebrating both at home and at school. Valentine's Day at Home Make safe treats for your family.

Celebrate Valentine's Day With L-O-V-E

As a child growing up with food allergies, Halloween and Valentine’s Day were two days of the year that I would really notice that I was different. Valentine’s Day is a holiday focused on sweets and candies that show your love for others, but for me, these sweets and candies are filled with ingredients that can send me to the hospital. So how can we make this holiday something special, but also safe for those with food allergies? I am thankful to have people in my life that have always gone...

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