| January 11, 2011
Food Allergy Tragedies
We are heartbroken to have to share that two children have been lost to anaphylaxis this past week. Ammaria Johnson, 7, from Virginia and Nashiel Kelly, 14, from the United Kingdom, both died from food-induced anaphylaxis at school.
We need to create a better safety net for children with food allergies: deaths due to anaphylaxis are largely avoidable when the child, family and community are knowledgeable about food allergy preparedness and prevention. It will take a significant commitment from volunteers, advocacy organizations (KFA included) and others to make this education happen. A cure for food allergy is something we all strive for, but in the meantime, we need to keep kids with food allergies safe. When I hear tragic stories like this, and a cure still many years away, I think it's time to emphasize that we need to make sure BOTH are priorities — we need to prioritize educating communities, families and kids today so our kids will still be alive when the cure comes along.
That is why we here at KFA do what we do....please support our efforts to keep children safe and healthy now by educating and supporting their families. I know many of us want to do something positive in response to these latest tragedies. Here are some suggestions on proactive ways to advocate and educate that can save lives:
- Share this video to help educate those without food allergies about the facts and challenges of living with food allergies
- Send a letter to your legislators to help encourage the passage of federal legislation to require the availability of injectable epinephrine in schools to use in emergencies when individuals have reactions at school but have no prescribed epinehprhine available.
- Make sure your child has an up-to-date food allergy action plan, and a fresh supply of injectable epinephrine available wherever he or she goes.
- Get involved by volunteering with KFA or making a donation to support our work.
Our sincerest condolences to the families of these two children.
Happy New Year Wishes From Us, To You
As we begin 2012, we at Kids With Food Allergies Foundation thank you – our donors, members, corporate partners, newsletter subscribers, Facebook fans, forum contributors, volunteers, staff, fund-raisers and families who use our services.
We thank you for your support of our mission to improve the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future for their children. As a non-profit, we exist to serve you and all families with children with food allergies. As we ended 2011, we again heard from families like this one who value the services we provide:
"My 4-year-old son just had an anaphylactic reaction to a dairy-free waffle (made on a shared equipment with milk) — which he had been eating for the past six months with no issues. It was another scary reminder that we cannot be diligent enough to keep him safe. I love your website and appreciate the help you provide to families like ours. All the best in 2012."
Thank you for being part of the exciting work we do every day helping families living with food allergies. We could not offer the important programs, events, resources, recipes and support to tens of thousands of families without you. We look forward to another busy year providing support and education to those who need it.
We at Kids With Food Allergies Foundation extend our best wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and happy 2012!
A Big Thank You to KFA's Supporters for 2011!
Please support the following companies who have generously sponsored and supported Kids With Food Allergies Foundation this past year:
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Bloch's Best Inc.: Laromme Brand Vanilla Rugelach (undeclared egg)
- Enhorabuena!: Palitos de Guayaba Guava Sticks (undeclared egg, milk, treenuts, wheat)
- U.B.C. Good Distributors: Baraka Apricot Candies (undeclared sulfites)
- Shamrock Foods: Marinated Chicken & Beef Products (undeclared soy, sulfites, wheat)
- Winn-Dixie: Italian Green Beans (undeclared peanut)
- Eillien's Candies, Inc.: Yogurt Raisins, Granola Mix, and Cinnamon Granola Mix (undeclared peanut)
- Maribel's Sweets Inc.: New York Handbag Collection Gourmet Chocolate Candies (undeclared peanut and treenuts)
- Sirocco Enterprises, Inc.: Pat O'Brien's Bloody Mary Cocktail Mix (undeclared soy and wheat)
- Price Chopper Supermarkets: French Cheesecake (undeclared egg)
- Market Basket: Solid White Albacore Tuna (undeclared soy)
- Popcorn Palace: 1-Gallon Value Bag Products (undeclared milk, soy, treenuts, wheat)
- Gollo Brand: Pan Dominicano Dominican Bread (undeclared milk)
- Ohio Processors, Inc.: Instant Whip B/C Topping (undeclared milk)
- Rising Moon Organics: Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli (undeclared soy)
- Harris Teeter: Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes (undeclared fish)
- Velvet Creme Popcorn Co.: various products (undeclared milk, soy, wheat)
- Rhee Bros., Inc.: ASSI Brand Korean Cake (undeclared egg)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Uruthira Brothers LTD: Various Cordial & Paste products (undeclared sulfites)
- Choy Foong International Trading Co. LTD: Slow Taste Spicy Tofu in Skewers (undeclared sesame)
- Nashimoto Trading Co.: Sirakiku Dried Mushrooms (undeclared sulfites)
- Choy Foong International Trading Company: Thai Top Choice Instant Beef Flavor Paste (undeclared wheat)
- Nonghyup Arumchan and Nonghyup Suncheon: Kimchi Products (undeclared fish, shellfish)
- Table Talk: Chicken Noodle Soup Mix (undeclared egg)
- Xiangxiangzui: Dried Bean Curd (undeclared sesame)
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