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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – August 2018

August 10, 2018

Learn how we are advocating for you with the EpiPen shortage and what you can do to support our advocacy efforts. Plus, check out our FAQs on the most common questions about the shortage, including questions on using vials of epinephrine or EpiPen Jrs as a substitute.

Back-to-school time is around the corner! Learn more about the resources we have to support children with food allergies and how schools can manage during the EpiPen shortage.

The Allergy-Friendly Kitchen Contest ends on August 19th! Create allergy-friendly meals for your chance to win our Grand Prize of a Napoleon Propane Gas Grill (valued at over $1,000).

EpiPen shortage: latest update

Pfizer Canada has advised that there is currently a shortage of the EpiPen® 0.3 mg dose until late August 2018. Please read Pfizer’s statement and Health Canada’s update that were posted at the end of July.

Since these announcements, there have been many questions on what is being done to solve this issue in the short-term and what is going to be done to ensure this doesn’t continue to happen in the long-term.

  • Check out our FAQs for answers to your top questions.
  • Take our 5-minute survey to tell us how you’ve been impacted by this shortage.
  • Read more on how we’re advocating for you on this issue.

For further information or questions about the shortage, please contact Pfizer Canada directly at 1-877-EPIPEN1 (1-877-374-7361).

Back-to-school with food allergies

It’s almost back-to-school time. Check out our tips on getting prepared for school and discover the many school resources we have available to support you and your children with food allergies.

Get informed: Help keep your children safe.



Useful tips: Discover ways on managing food allergies in daycare all the way to college and university



Watch: Check out this recorded webinar on the top tips for managing food allergies at school



Watch: Our youth panel talks about how to manage food allergies in college/university in this recorded webinar



EpiPen shortage and schools: Share the information from Health Canada about the EpiPen shortage with your child’s school. They should be aware of this situation so they are mindful about not requesting additional devices from families at this time.


Help to equip your schools on how to prevent reactions. Ask the school staff to take the free AllergyAware.ca online course Anaphylaxis in Schools to understand the basics of anaphylaxis and how to reduce risks.

Closing August 19th: Allergy-Friendly Kitchen Contest – enter today!

Join race car driver Alex Tagliani in raising awareness of food allergies with the Summer of TAG! This year our theme is on creating an allergy-friendly environment in the kitchen. Help us raise awareness by participating in our Allergy-Friendly Kitchen Contest!

How to enter:

Create allergy-friendly meals for your chance to win our Grand Prize of a Napoleon Propane Gas Grill (valued at over $1,000). Contest closes Sunday, August 19, 2018. Make sure you enter today!

Enter the contest with these two steps:

  • Step 1 – Get cooking: create one of our allergy-friendly recipes created by Masterchef Canada 2017 finalist and allergy awareness advocate Thea VanHerwaarden and Registered Dietitian Linda Kirste.
  • Step 2 – Snap a pic and share an allergy-friendly cooking tip: upload a photo of yourself making the recipe with family/friends, or of the finished dish, and pick your favourite allergy-friendly cooking tip.

Enter now

Congratulations to our 2 bi-weekly prize winners: Heather Cuthbert-Hughes from Peterborough, Ontario who won the KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Sean Ashby from Winnipeg, Manitoba who won the Vitamix Personal Blender!

Winning entry photo from Heather Cuthbert-Hughes

Winning entry photo from Sean Ashby







Watch Alex and Thea make an allergy-friendly donair – one of the six recipes you can make to be entered into our contest!

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