FARE collaborates with members of government, industry, non-governmental organizations and the medical community to educate, inform and advocate on behalf of individuals and families managing food allergy. We take seriously the responsibility and trust that donors place in us as a leading voice of the food allergy community.
- American Airlines currently denies pre-boarding to passengers with food allergies, while passengers with other disabilities are allowed to pre-board if needed. To remedy this unequal treatment, FARE filed a formal complaint against American Airlines with the U.S. Department of Transportation. We call on American Airlines to allow pre-boarding for individuals and families managing food allergy, to help them stay safe by providing time to wipe the seats and tray tables and remove food residues.
- FARE was invited to serve on the Conference for Food Protection, a non-profit organization that provides input to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on updates to the Food Code. Our participation ensures continued recognition of food allergies as a safety issue for restaurants and food service providers.
- The FARE Clinical Network (FCN) expanded to include 29 leading food allergy centers. This pioneering collaboration among centers of excellence coordinates best practices infood allergy research and clinical care. FCN centers offer state-of-the-art food allergy diagnosis, management and clinical trials to patients and families across the country.
- Through collaboration with regulators, industry representatives and non-governmental bodies, FARE worked to protect the food allergy community by promoting safe food handling and labeling practices. In 2017, FARE staff spoke at conferences and meetings hosted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Confectioners Association, the American Spice Trade Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and others.
- During state advocacy action days organized in Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri and Texas, FARE representatives and community volunteers raised awareness about food allergies and the importance of emergency preparedness. We supported successful bills that strengthened food allergy training for Illinois restaurants and expanded student access to epinephrine in Texas (private schools), New York (school buses) and Pennsylvania (school buses and crossing guards).
- Advocacy at the federal level sought to improve the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) by including sesame as a major food allergen.
- FARE delivered 39,000 copies of Your Food Allergy Field Guide, our free information toolkit to help new patients and families navigate the path from initial diagnosis to living well with food allergies. Since this program began in November 2013, FARE has distributed an estimated 180,000 copies of these critical education resources. A digital version can be downloaded for free from FARE’s website.