Lianne Mandelbaum, Founder of No Nut Traveler , and author for US consumer magazine Allergic Living attended and presented at the IFAAA meeting in London last month. Her comprehensive meeting report is now up on the Allergic Living website.
The IFAAA represents 21 food allergy advocacy groups from around the globe and this year’s meeting, organized by the U.S. organisation FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), brought together delegates from 18 countries. The program for the one-day meeting featured a vast array of topics presented by physicians, scientists, advocacy organisations and patient representatives.
At the meeting, Lianne reportedly spoke about how some U.S. airlines are failing to make any accommodations for allergic passengers, and some are even treating such requests with hostility. A contrasting Australian perspective on this issue was presented by Maria Said of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. Maria reported that all airlines in Australia carry both adult and junior epinephrine auto-injectors and have airline-specific food allergy action plans in on-board airline manuals, so there is easy access to the plan. In addition, anaphylaxis training for Australian airline crews is conducted by nurses.
Other topics included stakeholder perspectives on food allergy research, advocacy efforts to expand access to adrenaline and safe foods, advances in allergy diagnosis and treatment, difficulties in testing for allergens in food products, and the multi-faceted challenges of food allergy management.