A proclamation: Food Allergy Awareness Week, Mar. 11, 2013

BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA

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A PROCLAMATION
FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
Food Allergy is a growing public health concern. An estimated 9 million adults and nearly 6 mi llion children have food al lergies with young children affected most. Individuals with food allergies who also have asthma may be at increased risk for severe or fatal food allergy reactions; and
There is no cure for food allergies . Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are an important measure to prevent serious health consequences. Fail ure to promptly treat food anaphylaxis with epinephrine is a risk factor for fatalities, and prompt administration is crucial to successfully treating anaphylactic reactions; and
Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish, and even small amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction ; and
T he CDC reported that food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among child ren under the age of 18 and food allergy is the leading cause of anaphyl axis outside the hospital setting. Eating away from home can pose a significant risk to people affected by food allergy. Research suggests that close to half of fatal food allergy reactions are triggered by food served by a restaurant or other food service establishment; and
Approx imately 20 to 25 percent of epi nephrine administrations i n schools involve individuals whose allergy was unknown at the time of t he react ion, and more than 15 percent of school aged chi ldren with food allergies have had a reaction in school. Students have died in schools due to delays or failures to properly recognize and treat anaphylaxis . Georgia current ly has stock epinephrine laws in place for both private and public schools; and
T here are many state and nat ional organizations dedicated to educati ng the general public, schools, restaurants , daycares, and food allerg ic i ndividuals about l ife threaten ing allerg ic reactions, risk management procedures, and how to enact an emergency action plan; now
I, NATHAN DEAL, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim May 12-18, 2013, as FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK in Georgia.
In wit ness thereof, I have hereunt o set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 11 th day of March in the year of our Lord two t housand t hirteen.

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