Food Allergy Awareness Week 2016


WHEREAS, as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies; nearly 6 million are children under the age of 18; and

WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children; and

WHEREAS, eight foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat; and

WHEREAS, symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy results in more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits a year involving children under 18; and

WHEREAS, reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and

WHEREAS, there is no cure for food allergies, and strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction; and

WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and can cause death; and

WHEREAS, prompt administration of epinephrine is crucial to successfully treating anaphylaxis; and

WHEREAS, Food Allergy Research & Education is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies, and relentlessly seeking a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 8-14, 2016, as FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.