So, during Food Allergy Awareness Week, I urged others with allergies that we may want to take the focus off of the government and move it on to other titans in the food industry. While I said it ought to be next year’s plan, I started early. I submitted a note via contact form at the Food Network site, and this is the reply I received (my original message following);
From: Scripps Networks Customer Service <IS6061_22115@is.instantservice.com>
Sent: Thu, May 20, 2010 2:57:14 PM
Subject: RE: Food Network Specials (#6563-175954277-3355)
Thank you for your email.
We appreciate the time you took to contact us and will be glad to forward your comments and suggestions to the Programming Department for review.
Show: Food Network Specials
Hello Foodie Friends,
I write to you today to express my disappointment in that fact that I haven’t seen a prominent (or any) acknowledgment of this week as Food Allergy Awareness Week, either on your website or on the network itself.
According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network:
• More than 12 million Americans have food allergies. That’s one in 25, or 4% of the population.
• The annual number of emergency room visits due to food-induced anaphylaxis in the U.S. ranges from 50,000 to 125,000, depending on the source.
• Eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
• Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
These are just a few of many other interesting and informative statistics. As a (or THE) leader in food related information and entertainment, I feel that you ought to consider yourselves somewhat responsible for informing chefs and cooks everywhere of the dangers of cross-contamination.
I love watching many of your programs, and would love to see one geared toward allergy-friendly meals, procedures, and adaptations. Even a one-off special with several food chefs or someone intelligent/informative with impeccable cleanliness in the kitchen like Alton Brown would be awesome… but even an online article or PSA would be a great start.
Like Spider-Man’s uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility”. You, my friends, are the great food power.
Many state governments have declared this week Food Allergy Awareness Week. With your help, we could sway the rest of the states and perhaps the Federal Government next year!
Here are some resources for your convenience:
Thank you for your time & attention, I hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to your thoughts on the issue at hand!
Odd. Who are the Scripps Networks Customer Service? Is this automated. It took over a week to get a reply, and this was it. I’m highly disappointed. I’m going to have to try an email onslaught, & perhaps some snail mail.