What Am I Eating?


Why is Food Transparency important?

The current population of the United States is roughly 330 million, according to the AAFA a little over 10% of the population has a food related allergy. Meaning that roughly 30 million Americans suffer from food related allergies with a number of those being potentially fatal.

What are the Major allergens?

  • The 9 major allergens as of 2021 were: milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, sesame and soybeans
  • Milk is the most common allergen for children, followed by egg and peanut.
  • Shellfish is the most common allergen for adults, followed by peanut and tree nut.
  • Sesame is a rising food allergy. It impacts an estimated 1 million people in the United States. It was declared a major allergen in the United States in 2021.

What Is Our Mission?

At WAIE we are fighting to have allergen information displayed on menus at large chain restaurants, particularly at fast food restaurants where on average a third of Americans are eating at on any given day. If corporations are required to provide nutrition information for each product, why are allergens excluded?

What's the solution?

While many major food chains do keep allergen information readily available online, it is not a very practical solution for many Americans. Individuals may not know where exactly to find the information or simply may not have the means to. By simply adding a small symbol or line of text underneath product titles similar to the way that packaged goods are required to we can ease the plight of millions of American citizens

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