May 8-14, 2016: Food Allergy Awareness Week

WHEREAS, as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies and nearly 6 million are children under the age of 18; 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. 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 200,000 ambulatory care visits a year involving children under the age of 18. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and,

WHEREAS, there is no cure for food allergy and scientists do not understand why. 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 may cause death; and,

WHEREAS, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies. It provides them hope through the promise of new treatments;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 8-14, 2016 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Michigan.