A food allergy, or hypersensitivity, is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the immune system. Only about 1.5 percent of adults and up to 6 percent of children younger than 3 years in the United States--about 4 million people--have a true food allergy, according to researchers who have examined the prevalence of food allergies. The web sites below will help inform you about food allergies.
- What is the Difference Between a Food Allergy, Food Intolerance and Food Sensitivity?
- Food Allergen Labeling: Helpful Hints To Manage "May Contain" Labeling Risks
- Food Allergy Research & Education
- Food Allergy Network for Kids
- NIH Food Allergy Resources
Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act Overview: FDA's Perspective