Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. As a result, more and more people are becoming aware of food allergy, making it a subject of increasing public concern.
This section provides information to increase understanding of food allergies and their possible causes, and provides links to even further information.
Many people report they suffer from some form of food allergy. In reality, the actual percentage of true food allergic individuals is much lower than people perceive—perhaps 2% of the population.
The focus of this white paper is to present the current science on peanut allergy, while placing it in the context of food allergy overall.
The U.S. Peanut Industry works closely with consumers and industry organizations to address peanut allergy concerns.
NPB has launched PeanutAllergyFacts.org, a website dedicated to providing science-based information about peanut and food allergies, as well as links to resources about effective allergy management. It also includes stories from experts and food allergic families alike on topics ranging from proper diagnosis to why school bans don’t work.