Food Allergy Awareness Month

Food Allergy Awareness Month
Posted on 05/01/2024

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada.

Food allergies are not only a leading cause of potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reactions but a major public health concern in Canada, especially among children. Over 3-million Canadians are affected by a food allergy. The impact of food allergy is far greater with an estimated 50% (1 in 2) of Canadian households directly or indirectly affected by food allergy. 

A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts by triggering an allergic reaction that could potentially be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). Common food allergens are eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, tree nuts and wheat.

This year’s national campaign, Give & Go, focuses on the importance of giving epinephrine and calling 911 when someone is experiencing anaphylaxis.

For more information, please visit this website.