Food Allergies - A Growing Problem

More than 30 million people in the U.S. and Europe currently live with food allergies.1,2,3,4 And that number continues to grow. Nearly 1 in every 5 children in the U.S. with an allergic reaction to peanut visits the ER, amounting to about 400,000 visits each year.5 People with peanut allergy and evidence of serious allergic reactions have been shown to have significantly higher healthcare resource utilization and direct costs compared to those without.6

Reactions to Common Food Allergens

While more than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions, 8 major food allergens are responsible for most of the serious food allergy reactions in the U.S.7:
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts
  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Crustacean shellfish
When exposed to a trigger food, allergic individuals can experience reactions ranging from mild to severe:
  • Mild—transient skin hive, tingling around the mouth, and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Moderate—persistent hives, wheezing, abdominal discomfort, and increased vomiting
  • Severe—labored breathing and transient low blood pressure, which may require medical intervention and possible hospitalization
In some cases, the allergic reaction can be life threatening.

Focus Areas

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, affecting more than 6 million people in the U.S. and Europe.8,9,10 It can be a lifelong condition that 8 in 10 children with peanut allergy will never outgrow.11