This morning I had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Delmar from CJAD 800 AM radio in Montreal. He had questions for me about why I thought Stock Epinephrine in all eating establishments in Toronto can save lives.
I was asked on the spot for a statistic on the number of children with food allergies, and I guesstimated around 5%. I would like to correct that statistic based on facts from Food Allergy Canada.
Approximately 2.5 million Canadians self-report having at least one food allergy.* The incidence is highest among young children (under 3 years of age) with close to 6-8% affected by food allergy.**
* Overall Prevalence of Self-reported Food Allergy in Canada, L. Soller et al, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology February 2012 (Abstract)
** A population-based study on peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, and sesame allergy prevalence in Canada. Moshe Ben-Shoshan, MD, et al, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, February 2010
Click play below to listen to the full interview.