This morning, Andrea Miller and Summer Pachman, of Food Allergy Families of St. Johns, appeared on Jacksonville’s First Coast Living news show. We aimed to teach the viewers that food allergies is a rising health concern in the U.S. and is not to be confused with food intolerances or sensitivities. Reactions to a food allergy can be life-threatening.
Keeping individuals with food allergies safe, especially the 5.9 million U.S. children with food allergies, by avoiding their allergens can be accomplished with due diligence – including reading ingredient labels closely and hand washing after eating. Ingredient labels can be confusing (such as the two jars of organic chicken stock and conventional chicken stock made by the same manufacturer pictured below with one jar containing milk and one not containing milk).
In addition, hand washing and use of hand wipes after eating can remove food proteins, however, hand sanitizer does not.
Alternative food products are available to avoid the most common allergens, including non-dairy milks and alternative peanut butter spreads.
The upcoming events are occurring in Jacksonville – the Jacksonville Food Allergy Symposium, October 4, 9:30am, University of North Florida and the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, November 22, 10:00am, Nocatee Park.