FAAN: The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was established in 1991. Anne Muñoz-Furlong founded the organization after her daughter was diagnosed with milk and egg allergy as an infant. She discovered that information vital to raising a child with food allergies was not widely available.

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FAAN’s membership now stands at approximately 25,000 worldwide and includes families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, and representatives from government agencies and the food and pharmaceutical industries. FAAN serves as the communication link between the patient and others.

FAAN is funded through membership dues, sale of materials, donations, and grants.

Mission

To raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.

Awareness

FAAN works to build public awareness of food allergy through the media and through education, advocacy, and research efforts.

Education

FAAN staff conducts seminars and training sessions on food allergy and anaphylaxis for patients, school staff, government officials, health professionals, restaurant and industry leaders, and other policymakers.

Advocacy

FAAN works with policymakers on federal, state, and local initiatives in areas such as food labeling, epinephrine availability, and management of food allergies in schools, camps, airlines, and restaurants.

Research

FAAN supports and participates in research studies that lead us to a better understanding of, and a cure for, food allergy and anaphylaxis, and that improves the quality of life of individuals managing these conditions.

The FAAN Website

Our website is an extension of our mission. We strive to provide the best and most accurate information online.

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Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions. They are:

milk egg peanut tree nuts fish shellfish soy wheat

Fish-An estimated 2.3% of Americans — that’s nearly 7 million people — report allergy to seafood, including fish and shellfish. Salmon, tuna, and halibut are the most common kinds of fish to which people are allergic.Other Common Allergies

Some of these allergens may be outgrown, but others, such as peanut and shellfish, will remain lifelong allergies.

Strict avoidance of the allergy-causing food is the only way to avoid a reaction. Reading ingredient labels for all foods is the key to avoiding a reaction. If a product doesn’t have a label, individuals with a food allergy should not eat that food. If you have any doubt whether a food is safe, call the manufacturer for more information. There is no cure for food allergies. Studies are inconclusive about whether food allergies can be prevented.

Click here to see different types of allergic reactions.

FAAN’s Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ From Food Allergies

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Special Allergy Alert Policy

Tree Nuts-An estimated 1.8 million Americans have an allergy to tree nuts. Allergic reactions to tree nuts are among the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal reactions to foods.FAAN’s Special Allergy Alerts include food recalls that involve only the FDA-defined top 8 food allergens (milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts), as issued by the FDA, the USDA, or the manufacturer. We do not issue Alerts for non-food items, unless it is a medication that is deemed appropriate to alert our members of through the guidance of our Medical Advisory Board members. We do not issue Alerts for foods or other products, such as cosmetics, that are not regulated by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. Click here to subscribe via email.

For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org

by www.foodallergy.org
Food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a food protein. Ingestion of the offending food may trigger the sudden release of chemicals, including histamine, resulting in symptoms of an allergic reaction. The symptoms may be mild (rashes, hives, itching, swelling, etc.) or severe (trouble breathing, wheezing, loss of consciousness, etc.). A food allergy can be potentially fatal. Scientists estimate that approximately 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies.