Of food allergens, peanuts and tree nuts cause more than 90% of fatalities and have a high rate of symptoms from minimal contact, such as traces of peanut on flight attendants’ hands or on other surfaces.
(PRWEB) July 22, 2010
A petition has been started by Elizabeth Goldenberg, a Canadian lawyer and the parent of a child with food allergies, as an urgent call to action to support the proposed ban of peanuts on airlines. After only two weeks, the petition has 770 signatures, and people affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis are signing and sharing the petition worldwide.
Last month, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released this notice that it is considering rules to adopt to provide greater access to air travel for people with peanut allergies. While DOT cannot put any final rules in place until 90 days after submission to the Congress of a peer-reviewed scientific study, DOT continues to solicit public comments about peanuts on airplanes, and the Department will consider them and decide whether or not to propose a further review.
In this article, Goldenberg argues that it makes business sense to ban peanuts from airlines. By her calculations, there are 4,587,905 individuals in the U.S. that are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. When one considers not only the allergic passengers, but also their travel companions, the numbers affected by nut allergy grow to 18,351,620 or almost 6% of the population. Shockingly, only 1,035 people in total have submitted comments for or against the proposed rules to date.
Goldenberg decided to take action by starting a petition to mobilize the food allergic community since acting together, she believes that they can make this change happen. The signature goal for the petition is 10,000 signatures, and given the size of the food allergic community, this goal should be met without difficulty. Those in support of the ban of peanuts from airlines can click here or on the peanut-free badge next to this article to complete the 3 second signature process. To help promote the petition, Goldenberg is asking supporters to take a moment to click the Facebook box on the right side of the petition and ask their friends and family to sign the petition to show their support. The petition can also be shared by e-mail and on Twitter. The more ambassadors Goldenberg has helping to promote this issue and keep it live, the more impact this petition will have.
About Elizabeth Goldenberg
Elizabeth Goldenberg is the Founder and President of the food allergy safety product company Onespot Allergy and the mother of two children, one of whom has severe food allergies. Elizabeth may be reached for comment at 519 433 8443 or toll free at 877 585 8433. You may also visit Onespot Allergy on the web http://www.onespotallergy.com , on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OnespotAllergy, on Twitter http://twitter.com/Onespot_Allergy, and on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/onespotallergy.
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