Florida Senate - 2011                            (NP)    SR 2202
       By Senator Flores
       38-04739-11                                           20112202__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the week of May 8-14, 2011,
    3         as “Food Allergy Awareness Week” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, 12 million Americans have food allergies,
    6  including 3 million children under 18 years of age, and
    7         WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food
    8  allergies is increasing among children, and
    9         WHEREAS, eight foods cause 90 percent of all food-related
   10  allergic reactions in the United States, with symptoms including
   11  hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of
   12  the throat, and
   13         WHEREAS, nationwide, food-related allergic reactions cause
   14  as many as 125,000 visits to the emergency room each year and
   15  often occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food
   16  containing an ingredient to which he or she is allergic, and
   17         WHEREAS, the most serious allergic reaction is anaphylaxis,
   18  which is rapid in onset and may cause death, NOW, THEREFORE,
   20  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   22         That May 8-14, 2011, is recognized as “Food Allergy
   23  Awareness Week” in Florida and all residents of this state are
   24  encouraged to become involved in efforts to raise the awareness
   25  of restaurateurs and the public at large of the dangers
   26  associated with food-related allergic reactions.