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Food Allergies

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.

Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act Overview: FDA's Perspective