Governor LePage Proclaims May 13, 2012 - May 19, 2012 as Food Allergy Awareness Week
May 13, 2012
For Immediate Release: May 13, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage issued the following proclamation declaring May 13, 2012 - May 19, 2012 as Food Allergy Awareness Week:
"WHEREAS, twelve million Americans have food allergies and three million of those are children under eighteen; and
WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy reactions result in more than 300,00 ambulatory visits a year involving children under eighteen; and
WHEREAS, eight foods; shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy and wheat cause 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S. and can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of the throat and respiratory distress, and typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and
WHEREAS, since there is no cure for food allergy and scientists do not understand why, strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction; and
WHEREAS, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about food allergy and anaphylaxes, a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and can even lead to death.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim May 13-19th, 2012 as
FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance."