Ruffy wants to spread awareness on potentially lethal food allergies

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A lawmaker has filed a bill which seeks to increase public awareness on the nature of potentially lethal food allergies that he considers a public health issue.

Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon said his House Bill 811 or the proposed “Food Allergens Awareness Act” would find ways to help increase public awareness on the potentially lethal effects of food allergens.

“It is easier to cope with these conditions once the causes of these allergic reactions are known, and awareness and prevention programs are undertaken,” said Biazon.

As defined in the bill, food allergens are normally harmless substances that trigger an abnormal response in an allergic person. The immune system of a person with allergies responds to an allergen in the same way the immune system responds to a germ or antigen.

Biazon said that a food allergy is an adverse immune to a food protein.

“They are distinct from other adverse responses to food, such as food intolerance, pharmacological reactions, and toxin-mediated reactions,” he said.

Biazon explained that the immune system, thinking the organism (the individual) is under attack, triggers an allergic reactions.

“These reactions can range from mild to severe. Allergic responses include dermatitis, gastrointestinal and respiratory distress, including life-threatening anaphylactic responses such as biphasic anaphylaxis and vasodilation,” he said.

Biazon said these require immediate emergency intervention.“This is a significant public health issue,” he said.