Two food allergy organizations are joining forces under a new name.

A merger between The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) has resulted in the non-profit now known as FARE–an organization that will be dedicated to world-class food allergy research, education and advocacy.

Education and funding for continued awareness

FAAN has long been a source of community support, expert advice and news about food allergies, while FAI has been a leader in providing private funding for food allergy research. The efforts of the new organization will help to provide evidence-based resources and education, fund research and bring food allergies to light as a serious public health issue. John Lehr, CEO of FARE, commented on the merger in a joint-statement press release issued today:

“FARE is committed to serving all those affected by food allergies through research, education, advocacy and awareness. Food allergies are a serious and growing public health issue touching every aspect of our society, and it is critical for all of us–whether food-allergic or not–to know how to properly manage this potentially life-threatening condition.”

The face of food allergies in America

The statement claims that as many as 15 million Americans are affected by food allergies. About 40 percent of children who have a food allergy may have already experienced a dangerous or life-threatening situation due to the condition–one that currently has no cure.

Both organizations will continue to function under their old names until the end of 2012. FARE will launch its new website early next year, which will be found at foodallergy.org.

Headquarters for FARE will be located in Washington, D.C., and the organization will also have offices in New York and Chicago, with regional posts throughout the nation.

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