Food Allergy Legislation: The Senate Votes Next Week

    September 27, 2013
    Erika Watts
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With the number of people who have food allergies on the rise, there is a lot of concern about how allergic reactions are handled in schools. Since food allergy reactions can be fatal, the Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE) group is working to get legislation passed that will make sure all schools in the nation are prepared.

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2094: School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act in July, and the bill will go before the U.S. Senate next week, on October 2. If the bill is passed and signed into law, all schools will be required to have EpiPens on hand in case a student has an allergic reaction. EpiPens are described as the “first line of defense.”

Food allergies affect 1 out of 13 children, which according to FARE is “roughly two in every classroom.” Food allergies increased 50 percent from 1997 to 2011, and the numbers are expected to continue going up. Some people are unaware that they even have food allergies until they have a reaction. Death related to food allergy complications can occur within minutes, which necessitates a quick response.

This January 2012 death of seven-year-old Amarria Johnson from Virginia inspired the pending bill. Amarria died after eating a peanut another child gave her. Since Amarria didn’t have an EpiPen prescription at the school, she had to wait to receive treatment from EMTs, but by then it was too late. After Amarria’s death, state legislators passed “Amarria’s Law,” which requires all schools in Virginia to have EpiPens.

According to the University of Michigan’s Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, “epinephrine is used more frequently in schools than a fire extinguisher…and the cost of maintaining epinephrine is significantly less expensive as well.” The number of deaths related to food allergy reactions is between 100 to 200 deaths per year, so the passing of the food allergy bill could be lifesaving.

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  • Guest

    Thank you for this report. It is often an overlooked or mocked subject.

  • Matthew Cline

    Unfortunately, this will not pass. The schools are refusing to accept the responsibility for the children’s lives, and the politicians get more money from the education system than they do from the pharmaceuticals that produce epipen. Epipen is a lifesaving device that no one cares about. My wife and daughter both have to carry epipens everywhere. they wear allergy alert bracelets. they wear masks. my daughter will never be able to attend a public or even private school because of her allergies. The Americans with Disabilities Act does absolutely nothing for people with severe allergies. Severe allergies do not qualify for disability. But there’s more to it than just the epipen…

    We are poisoning ourselves by playing god with our food, and the fedgov is allowing and encouraging it, and will not pass legislation like this because the companies that are causing these reactions own the politicians.

  • Rileysmom1204

    1 in 12 children allergic to COMMON FOOD. But I’m the crazy vaccine injury mom….
    June 20, 2011 at 3:43pm
    Scientist are baffled as to why 1 in 12 children has an allergy to a common everyday, life sustaining substance. As the mother of a child injured by vaccines, I can give you one VERY plausible reason why children are suddenly over run by the very thing they are supposed to enjoy.
    Think of how a vaccine is manufactured. The virus is grown in a medium. That medium is a “food” source for the bacteria or virus. Sometimes they are made in a blood medium such as cow, sheep, horse, monkey, guinea pig, rabbit blood. They can also be made in an organ of an animal. The preferred animal is usually Green Monkey and they splice their kidneys and use that to grow the virus. There are other times when they use an everyday food item like egg to grow a virus such as what is used in the common 25mcg of mercury or less flu shot. They use soy, corn, egg, proteins such as peanut, beef, pork, DAIRY proteins…etc. When all is said and done and the virus is ready to be bottled, they test for contamination. If none is found (which they miss contamination by other other latent viruses OFTEN but that’s a whole other story), then it is strained from the medium from which is was grown. They do not remove the medium as it is a common food source. Here in lies the problem…
    When you inject a child with said virus or bacteria including the MEDIUM in which it was grown, along with an adjuvant such as aluminum…what’s going to happen? The body will go on the defensive and recognize everything that came in with that injection as a threat. The residual medium remains and the immune system sees everything as a threat because they’ve kicked the immune system into overdrive by stimulating it with aluminum “salts”.
    The immune system now has a memory of said “food” item as an enemy to the body and attacks every time it is exposed to that food item. Did you know that the Hepatitis B vaccine that NEWBORNS receive within 24 hrs of birth is made from EGG? They caution on the vaccine insert…Do Not Use If Allergic to Eggs. How in the hell will you know if your child’s immune system will over react to the egg and kill that child? You DON’T and THEY don’t. With all the chemicals in vaccines…why? If you wouldn’t crack open a vaccine vile and put it on a spoon and feed it to your child…why in God’s name would you inject it into them?
    Make sense?
    But hey, like I said….I’m just the crazy vaccine injury mom that no one listens too. ::smile::Epi Pen Generation