FAAN is dedicated to increasing public awareness, providing advocacy and education, and advancing research on behalf of all those affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction).
FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. Our members are the driving force behind our organization. We undertake each and every initiative with their needs as our top priority. FAAN’s membership is composed of individuals; families; health care professionals; school, child care, and camp staff; corporations; organizations; institutions; and those in the pharmaceutical and food industries – all working together. Join us in pushing for legislation, advancing research, and promoting public awareness of food allergies. To stay informed and help give the food allergy community a stronger voice, become a FAAN member today!
1. A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. The incidence of food allergy has doubled in the U.S. over the last 10 years. Scientists don’t know why.
2. More than 12 million Americans have food allergies. That’s one in 25, or 4 percent of the population. The incidence is even higher in young children – one in 17 among those under age 3. About 3.1 million children in the U.S. have food allergies.
3. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
4. In the U.S., food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) outside the hospital setting. Food allergy results in more than 30,000 U.S. emergency room visits annually and 150 to 200 deaths, which sometimes occur within mi
5. There is presently no known cure for food allergy. Strict avoidance of the food allergen is the only way to prevent a reaction. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.