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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Food Allergy Awareness Week

WHEREAS, as many as 32 million Americans have food allergies; nearly 6 million are children under the age of 18; and,

WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergies is increasing among children and adults; and,

WHEREAS, nine foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the United States: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, wheat and sesame, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe, such as anaphylaxis; and,

WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death; and,

WHEREAS, each year an estimated 3.3 million Americans require emergency room treatment for symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to food with reactions typically occurring when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and,

WHEREAS, emergency medical treatment for severe allergic reactions to food has increased by 377 percent in the last decade; and,

WHEREAS, education and awareness will improve the health and quality of life of individuals with food allergies and provide hope;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 8-14, 2022 as FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.