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Museums and Food Allergies

by Sarah and Susan Uthoff 
Originally published in the Winter 2017 ALHFAM Bulletin

Food and museums go together like peanut butter and jelly. Food attracts people to events and lets them taste or feel history. However, many people have food intolerances or a food allergy. According to the Food Allergy Research & Education Organization, 15 million Americans have food allergies. That translates to one in every 13 children. A study in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that food allergies among children have increased by almost 50% between 1997 and 2011. Major changes have been made in how schools operate to deal with the increased incidents of allergies. For instance, the childhood perennial peanut butter is now banned in many schools (or peanut-free tables are provided), and milk is no longer mandatory. How museums operate will also have to change and adapt. 

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