Food allergies and back to school

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

With students heading back to classes, some parents are sending their food-allergic children to school for the first time — and it can be really scary. A professor from the University of Waterloo is available to speak about food allergies.

Susan Elliott – Faculty of Environment

Susan Elliott is a professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, an adjunct professor with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), as well as a research lead for the AllerGen national centres of excellence on gene-environment interactions and allergic disease.

“It’s important that we take food allergies seriously; the health impacts — both physical and psychosocial — are great, and we need to address them as a country and as a society.  

“They are increasing both in number and reach. We still don’t know where this epidemic of food allergy comes from, but we have enough evidence that we need to establish good policy to keep people safe at school, at work and in other public places.

“We have enough evidence to make good public-health policies for food allergy. There is no excuse for waiting until all the scientific evidence is in.”

Media contact:

Pamela Smyth
University of Waterloo
519-888-4777 
www.uwaterloo.ca/news
@uWaterlooNews

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