May 10-16, 2015: Food Allergy Awareness Week

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 90% 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, respiratory distress, swelling of the throat, shock and death; 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. 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 ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 10-16, 2015 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Michigan.