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What is Food Allergy Week (FAW)?

Food Allergy Week

Food Allergy Week was created by Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia to raise awareness of food allergy in Australia. Awareness and education help reduce the risk of allergic reactions, and effectively treat potentially life-threatening emergencies when they happen.

Food Allergy Week 2024 calls on all Australians to be more aware of the risks for people with food allergy when eating out and remember:

When eating out: Always Ask, Always Tell.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing risk and including people with food allergy so they don’t miss out. This is because the risk of an allergic reaction increases significantly when eating out of the home. One Australian study found that 27% of people with food allergy have experienced a reaction to food purchased outside the home, with 39% of reactions in restaurants and 25% in cafes.

If you have a food allergy, always use a Chef Card and don’t be afraid to make your allergy known and request careful preparation of your food to avoid an allergic reaction.

Be Aware

Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world - with more than 1.5 million Australians having a food allergy. We also have one of the highest rates of hospital anaphylaxis admissions in the world. There has been a 51% increase in anaphylaxis presentations to emergency departments in a 5-year period, growing to more than 11,500 per year.

With no known cure for food allergy, awareness and education are most important, as an allergic reaction can quickly become life-threatening. A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) must be treated as a medical emergency.

It’s important for Australians to be aware of food allergies, know the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, and know how to respond in an emergency. A great way to help raise awareness is to show you care by getting involved in Food Allergy Week.

Be Aware - Food Allergy Week

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The Wiggles are the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1991. Having performed for over 30 years, it’s now the case that children who once saw the fab four of fun are now bringing their children to enjoy the best in early childhood entertainment!

The Wiggles have been a long-time supporter of Food Allergy Week and have helped raise awareness of food allergy among Australians of all ages. We’ve written a children’s story book called Tommy’s Big Birthday with them . The Wiggles have even written a song called Ooey, Ooey, Oey Allergies! 

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IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are having an allergic reaction follow advice on your ASCIA Action Plan.

If in doubt, give the Anapen® or EpiPen®.

Do not call us for emergency advice.

If you do not have an ASCIA Action Plan and/or an Anapen® or EpiPen® call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.