NIAID is the lead Institute at the National Institutes of Health conducting research on food allergy, a condition that affects approximately 5 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in the United States. In a person with food allergy, the immune system reacts to a component of a food—sometimes producing a life-threatening response. Since 2003, NIAID has substantially increased its support for food allergy research, from basic research in allergy and immunology to epidemiological and observational studies to identify risk factors and to clinical trials that are testing new strategies to prevent and treat food allergy. Read on to learn more about food allergy and the steps NIAID is taking to address this growing problem.
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Bulletin: NIAID Seeks Public Comment on Update to Food Allergy Guidelines—March 4, 2016
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If you have a food allergy and need practical ways to avoid packaged products that contain food allergens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers information.
Last Updated August 10, 2016