The Food Standards Agency makes food allergies a top priority

Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency makes food allergies a top priority

There are enough news stories out there to know how dangerous food allergies can be. One wrong ingredient can be the difference between life and death. It’s why we’re glad to see the Food Standards Agency (FSA) make it one of their top priorities.

It’s one of their Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) for the future and will hopefully lead to some lives being saved. Let’s take a look at the news story, what it means for people with allergies, and how it could help.

What’s the story?

The FSA dedicates itself to putting consumer interests at the forefront of everything they do. Part of this is including a renewed interest in food allergies and intolerances. It’s one of their four ARIs, the others being food safety and standards, innovation in food regulation, and the future of food systems.

They will “develop their understanding of the biological and clinical manifestation of food allergy”. This means they will work on understanding how allergies come to be and when they appear in a person.

The FSA is an independent government body working across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. As the name suggests, food safety is their top priority and hearing this news about food allergies is very welcome indeed.

Food allergy statistics

Food allergies and intolerances aren’t something we can ever take our eyes off. Even now, there are still stories of people – children included – who are dying because of their allergies. One Scottish teenager recently was lucky to escape with their life, having suffered an anaphylactic shock that landed them in hospital.

Anaphylaxis-type reactions occur in around 1 in 1000 people. With a population of 66 million people, it means that as many as 66,000 could suffer from an anaphylactic shock.

Here are some more food allergy statistics to make you think:

  • As many as 20% of the UK population experience some form of reaction to food.
  • Up to 26 million people in Europe are believed to have a food allergy.
  • 1 in 40 children develop peanut allergies and 1 in 20 develop egg allergies

It just goes to show how common the affliction is and why we need to be careful about it. You should always take food allergies seriously. If everyone does that, then no one has to worry. If you have concerns about your own health or that of your child, contact an allergy specialist who can talk you through your worries.

That’s why we’re here to help. Our allergists have the knowledge you need to diagnose any allergies you may have. If you ever have any questions, reach out to us on 02031 433 449.

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