Food Allergy Initiative
|Headquarters||New York, NY|
The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1998 with the mission to fund food allergy research that seeks a cure, to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to keep patients safe through advocacy and education. FAI is the largest private source of funding for food allergy research in the United States. As of 2011, the organization has raised more than $72 million towards these goals. FAI consistently receives a four-star rating—the highest available—from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States.
- The number of researchers and research projects that focus on food allergy
- The number of institutions with food allergy clinical programs
- The number of fellows and physicians trained to treat food-allergic patients
- The amount of government funding allocated to food allergy research
FAI sponsors food allergy research across the United States at institutions such as Harvard Medical School, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.
FAI played a key role in passing the Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act of 2004
Education and patient services
By working with the media, health care workers, camps, restaurants, food manufacturers, and education and childcare professionals, FAI tries to increase awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Some of the prominent restaurateurs (and restaurants) that have worked with FAI include:
- Mario Batali (Babbo)
- David Bouley (Bouley)
- Daniel Boulud (Daniel)
- Tom Colicchio (Craft restaurants)
- Emeril Lagasse
- Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Per se (restaurant))
- Sirio Maccioni (Le Cirque)
- Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group)
- Drew Nieporent (Myriad Restaurant Group)
- Jacques Pépin
- Alain Sailhac
- André Soltner (French Culinary Institute)
- Marcus Samuelsson (Acquavit)
- Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini (The Four Seasons Restaurant)
- "About FAI". Food Allergy Initiative. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
- "Report of the NIH Expert Panel on Food Allergy Research". National Institute of Alergy and Infectious Diseases. 2006. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 12-10-2008. Check date values in:
- "Q&A Regarding Food Allergens, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004". Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Food and Drug Administration. 2006. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10.