• Food allergies affect approximately 15 million people in the United States.
  • The incidence of nut allergies is on the rise, having increased 400% in the past 15 years.
  • Peanut and tree nut allergies are the largest of all of the food allergies and can cause anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 school children in the United States have a peanut or tree nut allergy, which means on average there is a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy in every classroom in the United States.
  • 25% of the incidents of anaphylaxis in schools happened in children with no previous diagnosis of a food allergy.
  • Due to the prevalence, unique nature and severity of peanut and tree nut allergies, the Center for Disease Control has adopted guidelines for schools to follow to ensure the safety of students.
  • In addition to schools, safe-snacking choices are important anywhere where groups, and in particular groups of children, congregate, including camps, amusement parks, ball fields, youth groups and birthday parties.