May is Food Allergy Awareness Month

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May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, which calls attention to this potentially life-threatening condition. Approximately 2.5 million Canadians have food allergies, according to a recent Ipsos survey conducted for food products company Enjoy Life Foods.

The study revealed that 40% of Canadians know someone with a life-threatening food allergy.

In Canada, 6% of people suffer from a life-threatening food allergy. Among those who do, 73% are nervous that when they don’t prepare food for themselves, it could contain something that could cause an allergic reaction2.

The 12 priority food allergens have been identified by scientists as wheat, gluten, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, mustard, sulphites, egg, sesame, soy, fish, crustaceans and shellfish. – CINEWS

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