FAAMA Becomes Law

School Lunch

Sandwiched into the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which I strongly opposed because of its boost to large corporations, potential damage to family farmers, increased federal control over our food supply, and inevitable effect of raising food costs, was one ray of sunshine. The president just signed this bill into law yesterday.

FAAN is reporting that after five years of lobbying, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act Becomes Law – FAAN. To quote from FAAN’s press release:

As a result of FAAMA, the federal government will create voluntary, national guidance materials for managing food allergies in our nation’s schools. This will have a tremendous impact across the country as schools face the challenges presented by the increasing prevalence of children with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in fact, reported that food allergy among children under 18 increased 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, and estimates that these children experience more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits per year related to food allergy.


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