Food Allergy Awareness Week

A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a harmful immune response. The immune response, called an allergic reaction, occurs because the immune system attacks proteins in the food that are normally harmless. The proteins that trigger the reaction are called allergens.  Food allergies can be life-threatening and are a serious and growing public health problem. People visit the emergency room about 200,000 times each year because of food allergies.