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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – April 2023

April 5, 2023

Sign-up for our May 4th webinar on epinephrine, Benadryl®, and the treatment of anaphylaxis. Register now for the Spring session of Allergy Pals/Allies online mentorship program for youth aged 7-15. Nominate someone or apply for our 2023 Robyn Allen Leadership Award, the application closes this month! Plus, check out our helpful tips on celebrating the holidays this month and get a sneak peek for Food Allergy Awareness Month in May!

Webinar May 4th: Epinephrine, Benadryl®, and the evolving conversation on the treatment of anaphylaxis

Join us to hear from Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan and Dr. Jennifer Protudjer to learn about the importance of epinephrine as first-line treatment for anaphylaxis and whether antihistamines, like Benadryl, have a role during a reaction. Plus, you’ll learn how to recognize anaphylaxis, how to manage it, and the latest thinking on treatment guidelines. Register now.

Dr. Jennifer Protudjer & Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan

What the webinar is about: During this interactive session, with your input provided through polling, our experts will address common concerns about treating anaphylaxis with epinephrine and when antihistamines might be given. As part of this, you’ll gain a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and when to use epinephrine. Plus, learn from our experts about discussions underway to evaluate the current protocol of going to the hospital after using this life-saving medication and how that may change.  

When is the webinar: Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 12pm to 1pm EDT.

Register now for this informative webinar, and please share with others. 

Register now: Allergy Pals/Allies spring session for kids 7-15

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Our free 8-week online mentorship program begins on Sunday, April 30th! Sign up your 7-15-year-old now, so they don’t miss out on an amazing experience connecting with other children with food allergy.

These online sessions are fun, engaging and have received outstanding feedback from previous participants. Register your child today to save their spot!

2023 Robyn Allen Leadership Award – applications close this month!  

Have you or someone you know made a significant contribution to the food allergy community? Nominate or apply now for the Robyn Allen Leadership Award, the application deadline is April 18th .

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Robyn Allen Leadership Award 

For a healthcare professional, industry representative, government representative, or an individual who has exemplified extraordinary leadership and dedication in the advancement of food allergy awareness and education. Read about last year’s recipient, Dr. Julia Upton

Helpful tips for allergy-friendly celebrations during Ramadan, Easter, and Passover 

Ramadan, Easter, and Passover are all being celebrated this month. Check out our top tips for managing food allergy confidently during your celebrations!


Do the triple-check when buying food for celebrations

During this time of year, some companies may create an Easter edition of their products, which can sometimes be distinguished by different packaging with fun Easter designs and/or shapes. Although the product itself may look the same, the ingredients may differ from the regular version, as the Easter version may be manufactured in a different facility. It is important to read the ingredient label carefully from start to finish, including any “may contain” statements, on all product sizes and versions, even if it has been “safe” in the past. Learn how to do the “triple check” and call manufacturers directly if you have any questions about the product ingredients.

Read labels 3 times: Do the triple-check

  • Once at the store before buying a product.
  • Once when you get home and put it away.
  • Again, before you serve or eat the product.

Kitchen tips for when you’re preparing meals for guests with food allergy

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  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after working in the kitchen. 
  • Cook meals that are free of the person’s allergens first, using separate cookware and serving utensils. 
  • Do not use the same utensils when serving food to the person who has the food allergy. 
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Allergy-friendly party tip sheet for hosts

Download our tip sheet for hosts. This tip sheet is great to give to your hosts so they can  help ensure their guests with food allergy will be safe and comfortable.

Next month is Food Allergy Awareness Month! 

Stay tuned for more exciting news and events in May for Food Allergy Awareness Month (#FAAM), including teal monument lightings, educational webinars and events, and more!

Our focus for May will be on building confidence around signs and symptoms and the treatment of anaphylaxis. Be on the lookout for an email on May 1st with more details on how you can participate throughout the month.

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