May 10 to May 16, 2021, as Food Allergy Awareness Week and request that the Governor issue a proclamation to observe the week with appropriate understanding and awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis.
WHEREAS, As many as 32,000,000 Americans have food allergies and nearly 6,000,000 are children under the age of 18; and
WHEREAS, Research shows that the prevalence of food allergies is increasing among children and adults; and
WHEREAS, Nine foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the United States: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, wheat, and sesame; and
WHEREAS, Symptoms of a food allergy reaction can range from mild to severe, such as anaphylaxis; and
WHEREAS, Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death; and
WHEREAS, Food allergies result in more than 200,000 emergency room visits in the United States each year. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and
WHEREAS, The number of food allergy reactions requiring emergency treatment is up sharply over the past decade, with a 377 percent rise in insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions between 2007 and 2016; and
WHEREAS, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and in providing them hope through the promise of new treatments; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims May 10, 2021, to May 16, 2021, inclusive, as Food Allergy Awareness Week and requests that the Governor issue a proclamation calling on the people of the great State of California to observe the week with appropriate understanding and awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
Link to full resolution: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SCR33