Turn It Teal This May

This year, despite the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19, TRIGGER AWARENESS will once again join with TURN IT TEAL to raise food allergy awareness.

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, a dedicated time to help increase awareness of food allergies and help to protect those at risk. TRIGGER AWARENESS will once again join with TURN IT TEAL to raise food allergy awareness by continuing to light prominent structures around the world in teal, the hue of food allergies.

This year Australia will continue to shine the teal spotlight in:

We welcome Launceston, Tasmania, which joins the initiative this year and will light up the beautiful Launceston Town Hall from May 1 – May 4, 2020.
Brisbane joined us in 2018 and this year will illuminate both its Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge on Monday, May 11.
Perth will put a teal spotlight on food allergy awareness for the third consecutive year by lighting its Trafalgar Bridge in teal on Friday, 15th and Saturday, 16th May.

TURN IT TEAL was created by Cleveland, Ohio native Stephanie Lowe, who founded ‘Turn it Teal’ in 2014. The aim of which was to light as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Month.
At TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness we are proud to have helped to make the initiative global with the lighting of the Sydney Town Hall in 2017,
being the first building outside of North America to turn teal in support of Food Allergy Awareness.

For more information about this initiative please visit turnitteal.org or email us at info@triggerawareness.org – Thank you.

First peanut allergy drug for children approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. Treatment with Palforzia may be initiated in individuals ages 4 through 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy and may be continued in individuals 4 years of age and older. Those who take Palforzia must continue to avoid peanuts in their diets.

“Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 million children in the U.S. and only 1 out of 5 of these children will outgrow their allergy. Because there is no cure, allergic individuals must strictly avoid exposure to prevent severe and potentially life-threatening reactions,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “Even with strict avoidance, inadvertent exposures can and do occur. When used in conjunction with peanut avoidance, Palforzia provides an FDA-approved treatment option to help reduce the risk of these allergic reactions in children with peanut allergy.”

Palforzia is a powder that is manufactured from peanuts and packaged in pull-apart color-coded capsules for Dose Escalation and Up-Dosing, and in a sachet for maintenance treatment. The powder is emptied from the capsules or sachet and mixed with a small amount of semisolid food – such as applesauce, yogurt, or pudding – that the patient then consumes.

More information about this is available in FDA Press Release

Mark Cuban Invests in Food Allergy Prevention Company ‘Ready, Set, Food’ – After Shark Tank Appearance

A new dietary supplement aimed at food allergy suppression has received an investment as a result of a Shark Tank TV show appearance.

The product, called Ready, Set, Food!, pitched its concept on a segment of the ABC series. Investor Mark Cuban, who among other things owns the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, invested $350,000 into the startup.

“Food allergies are a growing problem across the world. I’m excited to partner with Ready, Set, Food! to start to reverse this growing epidemic and make families lives better,” said Cuban.

The supplement was developed by a team of physicians. The group included Dr. Gary Rachelefsky, the past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and Dr. Jonathan Spergel, MD, Chief of Allergy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The supplement system is based on just three ingredients: organic cow’s milk, cooked organic egg white and organic peanuts. The supplement starts with a trace and then slightly larger amount of cow’s milk in the ‘Days 1&2’ and ‘Days 3&4’ sachets, then adds the egg white. The system then adds the peanuts, culminating in a ‘maintenance’ formula starting at day 11 of the intervention.
The company claims there are three clinical trials supporting the effectiveness of the supplement system at suppressing the development of common food allergies. The developers say the supplement is not meant for infants who have been diagnosed with a food allergy.

UK Proposes National Allergy Register

A coroner investigating 18 year old Owen Carey’s death called for a national register of “severe food anaphylactic reactions”, after the 18-year-old died after eating buttermilk in a grilled chicken burger. Assistant coroner Briony Ballard said that the allergy rate was, in part, due to a “failure to collect together any learning from these tragedies.”

Despite a general greater awareness of food allergies and a greater distribution of Epi-Pens, the rate of deaths from food allergies “remains static”. Ms Ballard said she was concerned there is “no national register recording the circumstances of these deaths, which could then be analysed and learnt from by allergy specialists.”

Anaphylaxis Campaign said it “whole heartedly supports” calls for a national register, adding: “We believe lessons can and must be learnt from tragic deaths related to anaphylaxis.”  There are also talks of potential laws to improve allergy awareness and standards in restaurants.

A SPECIAL INTERVIEW EVENT: THOMAS SILVERA

TRIGGER AWARENESS Founder and Host of ‘WorldAbout’ Radio Talk Show and Podcast, Grace Farah recently sat down with Thomas Silvera, Co-Founder of the Elijah-Alavi Foundation, and discussed how losing his son to anaphylaxis has put him on a path of ensuring that no other family has to go through what he and his family experienced. “It shouldn’t take a tragedy to create change. Elijah, he did not die in vain. His echo and his words, rang through each and every one of us.”

Click below to listen to the interview;

WorldAbout Show: Thomas Silvera, Co-Founder Of The Elijah-Alavi Foundation

Teal Pumpkins Light the Way for Allergy – Friendly Halloween

This Halloween, teal pumpkins will signal safe treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an awareness initiative jointly supported this year by leading food allergy organizations.

Over the past five years, households from every state have participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages people to place a teal pumpkin in front of their home to show they have non-food treats, such as toys, available for children with food allergies and medically-necessary dietary restrictions.

Virtually any food can cause a reaction. Many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are among the most common allergens. Additionally, many miniature candy items do not have labels, so it is difficult to determine whether these items are safe.

Taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project is simple: paint a pumpkin teal, or buy one at any number of national retailers, and place it on front of your home to show you have non-food treats. Participants can offer treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.

To learn more and add a participating home to Teal Pumpkin Project map, visit www.tealpumpkinproject.org.

Australia – Allergies and anaphylaxis under the microscope

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia.

The Chair of the Committee, Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, said that allergies were seeing a rapid rise in Australia affecting more than four million Australians.

‘Some will experience a life threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Over the last 20 years hospital admissions for anaphylaxis has increased five-fold and has a major impact for so many families, schools and child care centres,’ Mr Zimmerman said.

‘While the cause of the increase in allergies remains uncertain, what is clear is that this is a phenomenon found primarily in wealthier western nations like Australia.

‘Severe allergies can be life threatening and this will be an important opportunity for the Parliament to shine a light on how we can better support those at risk.

‘The Committee will be taking a broad look into the potential and known causes of allergies and anaphylaxis, food and drug allergy management, access and cost of services, as well as treatment and support services,’ Mr Zimmerman said.

‘We’re looking forward to hearing from the public, health professionals, and other organisations on how allergies and anaphylaxis is being handled in the wider community. The Committee will investigate whether there is anything further the Government could be doing to make life easier for people living with allergies and anaphylaxis.’

The Terms of Reference of the inquiry also investigate developments into research and prevention of allergies and anaphylaxis, unscientific diagnosis and treatments being used by some consumers, and the impact of unnecessary drug avoidance due to unconfirmed drug allergies.

Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are invited by Thursday 24 October 2019. The preferred method of receiving submissions is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.

Further information about the Committee’s inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission is available here Click here:

Sesame allergies may affect 1.5 million Americans – five times more than previously believed

Thirty-two million Americans have food allergies and new research finds more than a million of them are allergic to sesame.

The study by Northwestern University provided the first up-to-date estimates on the current prevalence of sesame allergy among U.S. children and adults in all 50 states. It was published at the JAMA Network Open journal.

Researchers estimate about .49% of the US population reports having a sesame allergy and .23% had what’s called a “convincing,” or true food allergy, with skin, lung, heart or gastrointestinal symptoms.

The study looked at ongoing regulatory rule-making by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, which is currently considering whether sesame should be added to the list of key food allergens for which mandatory product labeling is required.

At this time, only the labeling of the top eight allergenic foods/food groups is required: peanuts, milk, shellfish, tree nuts, egg, wheat, soy, and finfish (along with proteins derived from them). A change in policy would align with those in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and Canada, which all have sesame labeling requirements.

Mother Warns Food Allergies Can Be In Products You’d Least Expect

Seventh-month-old Lofton Hyde of Baton Rourge, LA. was rushed to the hospital for an anaphylactic reaction after daycare workers dipped his foot in paint for a craft project, paint that apparently had dairy-based ingredients.

His mother Christen Hyde says she had no idea dairy ingredients might show up in craft supplies.

Allergist, Dr. Sandhya Mani, says many parents and caretakers don’t realize how common these ingredients are. Many are not listed on the labels of some craft supplies.
“Children with allergies to milk, wheat, oat, corn, sometimes even soy… these are in multiple arts and crafts projects, including paints, clay, chalk,” Mani explained. She suggests looking for products that list ingredients or are marked allergy-friendly. Mani says it’s a problem that needs to have more awareness brought to it as more kids develop allergies.

U.S. Ruling Backs Airline Passengers With Food Allergies

Airlines must permit passengers to preboard in order to wipe down seats as a precaution against food allergies, the U.S. Department of Transportation says.

The rule includes adults who have food allergies and parents of children with food allergies.

The decision stems after a complaint was filed, the Department of Transportation says severe allergies should be considered a disability and ruled that American Airlines had violated an act similar to the Americans with Disability Act.

Regulators have reiterated that airlines must offer preboarding to passengers with severe allergies to give them extra time to wipe down seating surfaces.

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