2017 Food Allergy Awareness Week

5/14/2017

WHEREAS, as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies, and nearly 6 million are children; and

WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergies 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, 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, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits a year involving children; 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, Food Allergy Research & Education is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies, and seeking a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 14-20, 2017, as FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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