AllerGen experts cited in <em>Globe</em> story about Quebec anaphylaxis incident

AllerGen experts cited in Globe story about Quebec anaphylaxis incident

gam-squareCommentary by AllerGen Research Leaders Drs Allan Becker (Professor and Head, Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba) and Susan Elliott (Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo) is featured in a 5 August Globe and Mail article about restaurant food allergy policies and the question of responsibility.

Globe reporter Carly Weeks wrote the story in light of an incident that took place in May 2016, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where a man fell into an anaphylaxis-induced coma for two days and suffered cardiac arrest after being served seafood in a local eatery—despite having disclosed his food allergy to his waiter. The man’s complaint to police over the incident has led to the waiter’s arrest and the possibility of criminal charges.

The article references AllerGen, its nationwide prevalence survey and its National Food Allergy Strategy legacy initiative.

A related Globe story quotes Laurie Harada, the executive director of AllerGen partner organization Food Allergy Canada.