Thursday, May 16, 2013

What Your Boss Should Know about Food Allergies

Good information never gets old, but it does get outdated. In the case of food allergies, it gets outdated very quickly. Just two years ago I shared this article on Five Things Your Boss Should Know About Food Allergies at

In the spirit of Food Allergy Awareness Week, I wanted to share it again. While all of the conclusions and suggestions still hold, the data is no longer accurate. Here are the most recent facts:

Fifteen million Americans, including 8% of children have food allergies. (Compared to the 12 million noted in the article.)

One in every thirteen children has food allergies; on average, two children in every classroom have food allergies.

The most recent CDC study (May 2013) estimates that food allergies in children have increased 46% between 1999 and 2011. Compare that to the 18% increase reported from 1997 to 2007.

While there is no data on the number of people entering the workforce with food allergies, it’s reasonable to suggest that the numbers are increasing and will continue to increase. See the original article to learn more.

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