SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Mayor Matt Anesh and the South Plainfield Borough Council at a meeting May 6 proclaimed May 12 through May 18 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in the municipality. On hand to accept the proclamation were residents Vivian and Robert Springfield and their children, Mary and Logan.

“Food Allergy Awareness Week was established as a national week of encouraging food allergy awareness and supporting those who are impacted by food allergies and anaphylaxis,” stated Anesh. 

“Food allergies affect approximately 15 million Americans, including six million children, and the prevalence of food allergies appears to be increasing among children under the age of 18…” continued the mayor, noting that eight foods – peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish – account for 90 percent of all food allergies. 

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There is no cure for food allergies; strict avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis, which comes on quick and has the potential to be life-threatening. 

The mayor also commended the national non-profit organization Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) for its commitment to educating, advocating, and raising awareness for all individuals and families affected by food allergies and life-threatening anaphylaxis. 

In proclaiming May 12-18, 2019 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in South Plainfield, Anesh said the goal is to ‘encourage all residents to increase their understanding and awareness of this potentially life-threatening medical condition.’

“Mayor Anesh, I want to thank you and the council for taking the seriousness of Food Allergy Awareness Week out to the public, out to the town, because it really is something that has culminated over the years, even in our schools, and town-wide, everywhere,” Vivian Springfield, whose two children have food allergies, said. “I am so thankful for you for promoting this awareness and bringing the seriousness of this issue to others who may not understand how serious it really is and how it affects families.”

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