E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

May 2021

Greetings! This month’s e-news letter offers our readers very interesting and informative articles, especially about new legislation under consideration in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Additionally, preparations for our association’s annual lobbying event for New York are advancing quickly! Here are the details!

WHAT: Virtual Food Allergy Awareness Day NY '21 WHEN: Monday, May 24th, 2021

WHERE: The World Wide Web!

All friends and families with life-threatening allergies in New York need our help. By making schools, public places and businesses a safer environment thru new laws and improved regulations, we can reduce the threat of dangerous allergic reactions and save lives.

Please join us and other allergy advocates for Virtual Food Allergy Awareness Day NY. Help us lobby New York State lawmakers to enact our important legislative agenda.

To learn more out about our agenda, please visit our Website.

And PLEASE don't forget to REGISTER! Please click on the link listed below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-food-allergy-awareness-day-in-albany-on-may-24-2021-tickets-152928026845

We look forward to seeing you on vFAAD NY! Best wishes!

ANNOUNCING: Anaphylaxis Emergency Training direct from the internet into your home or office!

Our Epi Near You NY anaphylaxis emergency training program is now VIRTUAL! We will broadcast our next seminar via our website on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 at 12:00 noon.

Our association would help provide:

  • Free state approved training presentation
  • New York State recognized certification
  • Assistance for public entities to obtain a non-patient specific prescription for emergency epinephrine

For more information, visit our epinearyounewyork page

Best wishes!

Jon Terry, co-founder
Allergy Advocacy Association

Elijah’s Law Headway in 2 States

After the death of their three year old son, Elijah-Alavi Silvera, Thomas Silvera and his wife Dina Hawthorne-Silvera successfully spearheaded the passage of “Elijah’s Law” in their home state of New York in 2019. The law “tells early education programs in New York they must follow state food allergy guidelines and protocols to prevent, recognize and respond quickly to life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.” Now Thomas and Dina are expanding their efforts to bring “Elijah’s Law” nationwide.

Learn about their efforts in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Elijah’s Law Headway in 2 States

Illinois flag (left) Pennsylvania seal (right)

Gwen Smith
April 26, 2021

In March 2021, Allergic Living reported that Illinois had introduced an Elijah’s Law bill. On April 22, the Illinois House voted unanimously in favor of the bill. Officially called the Childhood Anaphylactic Policy Act (HB0102), this legislation would require the state health department, in consultation with the board of education, to establish anaphylaxis policies and procedures for school districts and daycare settings.

Representative Jonathan Carroll, the bill’s sponsor, says the bill would add daycare centers to existing school food allergy policies currently required in Illinois, and tighten anaphylaxis training across school levels. The bill has now headed to the state Senate for consideration.

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Biden signs law that makes sesame the ninth major food allergen

Biden signs law that makes sesame the ninth major food allergen

In late April, President Biden signed into law The Food Allergy Safety,Treatment, Education and Research (Faster)Act. This bipartisan measure designates sesame as the ninth major food allergy, ramps up allergy research, and will attempt to address marked growth in certain deadly allergies. It is estimated that 1.6 million Americans have sesame allergies and the Faster Act requires clear labeling of foods containing sesame by January 2023. In addition, it requires the Department of Health and Human services “must prioritize regular reviews of promising food allergy treatments and research.”

President Joe Biden
The Faster Act, signed by President Biden, is a bipartisan effort to address an increase in certain deadly allergies.

The Faster Act will also step-up allergy research

By Laura Reiley Business of food reporter
April 23, 2021

President Biden on Friday signed into law a new measure that designates sesame as the ninth major food allergy and ramps up allergy research, enacting a bipartisan attempt to address marked growth in certain deadly allergies.

The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (Faster) Act passed the Senate in March and the House of Representatives this month. It received bipartisan support.

In the past two decades, life-threatening childhood food allergies have risen steadily, growing by about 4 percent per year to afflict 32 million Americans, according to research by Northwestern

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Why C-Section Babies May Be at Higher Risk for a Food Allergy

A team of Canadian Researchers have looked into the relationship between cesarean section births and an increased risk for peanut allergies. The study looked at the "relatively low levels of so-called Bacteroides'' in C-Section births. Bacteroides is a specific form of bacteria that is essential to the proper development of a child's immune system. Study author Hein Tun, an assistant professor in the school of public health at the University of Hong Kong, noted "We found a causal link between cesarean section birth, persistently low Bacteroides in the first year of life, and peanut sensitivity in infants,"

Why C-Section Babies May Be at Higher Risk for a Food Allergy

Baby Messily Eating from Spoon

By Alan Mozes HealthDay News Reporter
April 30, 2021

Could there be a link between having a C-section and your baby's chances of developing a peanut allergy?

Yes, a team of Canadian researchers warns.

Their new study found that babies born via cesarean section appear to have relatively low levels of so-called Bacteroides, a specific form of bacteria that is key to the proper development of a child's immune system.

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Black Female Founder Attracts Venture Capital With Allergy-Friendly Snacks

Finding foods that are nutritious and taste good to a one year old is a challenge for any parent. Add in the fact the child has life-threatening food allergies and the difficulties only increase. In 2016 that was the situation that Denise Woodard found herself in. With 8% of children in the US have food allergies, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Woodard knew that she couldn’t be the only one, that’s why founded Partake Foods. From experimenting in her kitchen, trying to develop a good tasting, good-for-you snack, to the challenges that many black female entrepreneurs encounter as they begin their start up, Woodard’s story is one of perseverance and success.

Black Female Founder Attracts Venture Capital With Allergy-Friendly Snacks

Denise Woodard and daughter Vivi
Denise Woodard, Founder & CEO at Partake Foods, and her daughter Vivi.

By Geri Stengel
April 28, 2021

In 2016, Denise Woodard, CEO and founder of Partake Foods, was frustrated by the lack of food options with the nutritional profile that she required and the taste appeal to her one-year-old daughter, Vivienne, who had life-threatening food allergies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8% of children in the US have food allergies. That's 1 in 13 children. Woodard and her daughter's babysitter spent weeks in the kitchen unsuccessfully experimenting with developing a good tasting, good-for-you snack.

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