May 8 through May 14, 2011: Food Allergy Awareness Week

Date:  May 08, 2011  -  May 14, 2011
Time: All Day Event
 WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four out every 100 Americans have food allergies, and over the past 14 years, food allergies among children have increased approximately 18 percent; and,  

WHEREAS, the most common food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish; and, 

WHEREAS, food allergies are a result of the immune system attacking food proteins and when this occurs, it may trigger the release of chemicals, including histamine, that appear as symptoms of an allergic reaction; and, 

WHEREAS, symptoms of food allergies usually appear within minutes to two hours of consumption, and symptoms may include hives, vomiting, swelling of the tongue and throat,  difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction affecting the entire body; and,   

WHEREAS, during this week, we raise awareness of food allergies in Michigan, urging parents and children to know what foods they may be allergic to and to make efforts to strictly avoid these foods; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 8 through May 14, 2011 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Michigan.