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15 April 2023

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association, April 2023

April 2023 While we are in the final preparations for Food Allergy Awareness Day in Albany on May 2, it helps to think of advocacy for those with life-threatening allergies as a journey, not a destination. Everyone in our organization works to continue the work, raising awareness and taking action. Another traveler on this journey, Lianne Mandelbaum of No Nut Traveler, tells the story of a confrontational encounter with airline staff while boarding a plane, which put her food allergic son at risk and resulted in a complaint filed with the Department of Transportation. Building upon the suc...
15 March 2023

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association, March 2023

 March 2023 As Spring comes into focus on the horizon, a welcome energy expands our focus on the opportunities already underway and those that can best serve the community. As work continues for Food Allergy Awareness Day in Albany on May 2, (stay tuned for updates) there are plenty of other projects underway. Those discussed this month include milestones met with Epi Near You New York, wondering why so much epinephrine is locked away beyond the reach of those who might need it, minimizing side effects of OIT and Senatorial shout outs for sponsoring federal legislation that protects k...
15 January 2023

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association, January 2023

January 2023 Happy January, In the spirit of mixed blessings as the new near gets underway, we observe the passage of the FASTER Act, which adds sesame as the 9th allergen food manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants to need to add to their food labels. Along with others in the food allergy community, we worked very hard on this legislation. But in 2023, we discover that to cut production and marketing costs, food manufacturers are now adding sesame flower to many products and including sesame on all labeling. In addition to the two articles that walk you through the details, we’ll ...