School policies: Not about food bans, education is key

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New international school guidelines recently released provide global recommendations on how to manage food allergy, including: ensuring there is food allergy training, allergy action plans, and site-wide protocols; using epinephrine as first-line treatment for anaphylaxis; having stock epinephrine available (stock epinephrine means having epinephrine auto-injectors such as EpiPen®, ALLERJECT®, or Emerade that are not prescribed to anyone and can be used in an emergency); and removing site-wide food restrictions and allergen-restricted zones.

The recent headlines have focused only on 1 of the 8 recommendations, which is the removal of food bans. Food Allergy Canada’s position on this issue has not changed. We continue to support food restrictions in certain situations as one possible risk minimization measure as part of a comprehensive approach to managing food allergy. However, the conversation we should be having is about educating and normalizing a serious medical condition. We eat together as a community and having broad-based knowledge of food allergy and support for its management allows everyone to be at the table…

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