May 13 through May 19, 2012: Food Allergy Awareness Week

WHEREAS, an estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies, and nearly 6 million are children under the age of 18; 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; we urge 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 Sunday, May 13 through Saturday, May 19, 2012 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Michigan.