Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN)

Our annual Food Allergy Conference is right around the corner! Register today

Don’t miss our annual Food Allergy Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Doty Education Center at IMC in Murray (5121 S. Cottonwood Street.) Arrive early to meet and mingle with friends from the allergy community.

Check out the agenda to see all the amazing classes we’ve got lined up starting at 9:00 a.m.:

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Check this out! Teens and pre-teens ages 10-17 are invited, too.
Click here to see the super fun activities we have planned specifically for you!

New this year! Bring allergy-friendly food donations for the Utah Food Bank.

There’s something at the conference for everyone, and you too! Reserve your seat today and we’ll see you at the conference!


 Featured Guest Speakers

Presenter Bios


Bet now you can’t wait to attend the conference and hear all these fabulous presenters, right? Quick, register here to reserve your seat.


This project was made possible through a community grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).


New NIH guidelines urge early introduction of ‘infant-safe’ peanut to prevent allergy

January 6, 2017


New NIH guidelines urge early introduction of ‘infant-safe’ peanut to prevent allergy         

The Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) in cooperation with Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Clinical Network site at Primary Children’s Hospital, is excited to announce the release of new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases expected to lead to a significant reduction in the prevalence of peanut allergy among children, which could have a major public health impact.

Food allergy is an important public health problem because it affects children and adults, can be severe and even life-threatening, and may be increasing in prevalence. These guidelines have been developed for early introduction of peanut-containing foods into the diets of infants at various risk levels for peanut allergy.

The new guidelines recommend early introduction of peanut protein for infants who are at increased risk of developing the allergy. They caution, however, that peanuts and peanut butter are choking hazards, and advise on forms that are safe for infants such as peanut butter smoothed into pureed fruits or vegetables.

Conclusions from the guidelines:

  1. If child has severe eczema or egg allergy they should get testing at an allergist office quickly.  If negative, child should start to consume between age 4-6 months.
  2. If patient has mild eczema, can introduce without testing at 6 months.
  3. If patient has no history of allergies, introduce when family desires.

Pediatric allergist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Dr. Rafael Firszt, says “Before introducing peanut into your child’s diet, please consult with your health care provider to determine whether they feel it is safe for your child to begin eating peanuts, and to also provide you with a safe, age-appropriate plan for introducing peanut-containing food options.  Please be aware that whole nuts should not be given to children under 5 years of age and avoid giving your child peanut butter directly from a spoon or in lumps before the age of 4, as these represent a choking hazard. If, after a week or more eating peanut, your infant or child displays mild allergic symptoms within 2 hours of eating peanut, you should contact your health care provider.”

Melissa Sauter, UFAN Executive Director, is “excited families now have a road-map to follow and guidance for safe introduction of peanuts, especially in high risk infants, where early introduction may actually stave off the development of a lifelong, severe allergy.”

For more information please refer to the full guidelines at: http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(16)31164-4/fulltext


SLCC School of Applied Technology Commercial Foods Certificate Program helps make Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to the SLCC School of Applied Technology Commercial Foods Certificate Program for supporting our Fantastic Beast Movie Event to benefit CURED!

Commercial Foods is a low costopen entry, learn at your own pace certificate program that prepares students for employment and can transfer to an A.A.S. degree.

Master all the skills you will need for a career, including:


  • Selecting, storing, preparing and serving food and food products
  • Basic nutrition
  • Sanitation
  • Food safety
  • Use and care of commercial equipment
  • Serving techniques
  • Operation of recognized food establishments

The SLCC School of Applied Technology Commercial Foods program is offered on the SLCC Larry H. Miller Campus. Students learn from professionals with industry experience in a brand new kitchen! The Commercial Foods Certificate is a competency based sequence of courses that includes 30 hours of ServSafe™ curriculum.


Online Auction & Fantastic Beasts Event happening this week!

Screaming deals and great seats are still to be had this week as we near the exciting Fantastic Beasts Movie Screening on Thursday and the conclusion of the Online Auction on Friday!

6798598-holiday-gift-box-wallpaperWant some awesome holiday gift ideas? Take a peek at our Online Auction! You’ll find screaming deals on over 60 wonderful items that have been generously donated by businesses and foundations such as Dyson, Blendtec, Utah Symphony, Sundance Film Festival, American Girl, Deer Valley, Ballet West, Red Butte, Museums, Smiths, Birthday Party Packages, Megaplex Theaters, Color Me Mine, Vermont Nut Free, Better Batter, Little Gym, Eggnots, Laser Quest, Zaniac, Denda Martial Arts Academy…and more!


Join UFAN for a special private showing of J.K. Rowling’s new installment to the wizardry world Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It will be a magical night to support a good cause! We still have seats available so reserve yours today before they sell out. Proceeds will go to the CURED Foundation to help fund important research for Eosinophilic Disorders in Utah.

A special THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors Salt Lake Community College Culinary Foods Certificate ProgramPrimary Children’s Hospital FED Clinic, University of Utah Department of Pediatrics, City Cakes Bakery & Cafe, and Surf Sweets! Please email mfogg@utahfoodallergy.org if you would like to advertise your business and help sponsor our event!

Get your Costumes Ready for UFAN’s Annual Food Free Trunk-or-Treat!

We are excited to announce that our annual Food Free Trunk-or-Treat will be on Saturday, October 29th at 2:30pm. Mark your calendars and get your costumes ready for a frightfully FUN time! Decorate a Teal Pumpkin (see below for details), strut your stuff in the Costume Parade, get lots of non-food treats, and mingle with others!ufan-halloween-8x11-v2-0916This project was made possible through a community grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). THANK YOU!

FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Salt Lake City next Saturday!

We are only 1-week away from the 2016 Salt Lake City FARE Walk for Food Allergy on Saturday, September 17, 2016! You can help us reach our goal!

The Walk is a day for our community to come together as one. It will be a day full of fun including an obstacle course, face painting by My Kids Entertainment, dancing with Munchkin Radio, and hanging out with the superheroes from Kids Heroes Foundation – not to mention our special guests from Denda Martial Arts Academy who will be warming us up with some ninja sweet moves – all in addition to the walk itself!


Join UFAN and the food allergy community as we lace up our walking shoes to raise awareness and much needed funds to support education and awareness programs, food allergy research, and local community events that provide an allergy friendly atmosphere.

We need YOU! Please consider your ability to volunteer and help us make it a great event! View the sign up here for more information.


Dr. Philip Putnam to speak in Salt Lake City at Eosinophilic Seminar

We are excited to welcome Dr. Philip Putnam and thank Abbott Nutrition for sponsoring this seminar. Attendance is free, no registration required.putnam conf flyer v2 0716.jpg

University of Utah/Primary Children’s Hospital named “Center of Excellence” for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Clinical Network

Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) is elated to announce that the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital was named a new center in the FARE Food Allergy Clinical Network this week! UFAN advocated for the hospitals to be added to the newly formed clinical network last year in hopes that people in Utah and the surrounding Intermountain Region would have access to current research and emerging therapies.

“We are excited that the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital center was accepted as one of the new centers in the Food Allergy Clinical Network.  Food allergies are part of a growing epidemic, and this new network will allow us to better understand the causes of food allergies and be involved in designing and implementing new therapies in this field,” stated Rafael Firszt, MD, assistant professor, department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and director of the clinic. “Much effort went into the application process, and we believe that this network will play a vital role in our patients accessing quality medical care in our community. We look forward to growing our relationship with FARE and with our local food allergy community.”

Read the entire Press Release

UFAN serves as a bridge, providing a network of communication between physicians, practitioners, agencies and the food allergy community. UFAN’s mission is to provide outreach to the newly diagnosed and the community at large by offering support, promoting education, building awareness of the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis, and advocating for positive change.

Summer Conference Agendas & Speakers – Register Today!

We are excited to announce the 6th annual Utah Food Allergy Conference Summer Education Series focusing on food allergies to be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 in the Doty Family Education Center at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Check out the classes and speakers that are sure to provide an invaluable educational experience while you network with others! Learn from experts, connect with others, and become strengthened by the food allergy community! #UFANcon

9:30am   Check-in & Networking
10:00-10:20am   Welcome – UFAN Board of Directors
10:20-10:50am    Food Allergy Research Update –  Dr. Viera-Hutchins
10:50-11:00am     Q&A
11:00-11:15am      Break
11:15-12:00pm     School Advocacy and 504 Plans – Virginia Wilson-Cobble, USDE-OCR
                                 OR  Informal Support & Social Networking – Celeste Janssen, UFAN Education Director
TEENS (ages 11-18)
10:00-10:20am   Welcome with Adults
10:20-10:40am   Teen Introductions and Game
10:40-11:00am    Social Situations
11:00-11:15am      Break
11:15-11:30am      Q&A
11:30-12:00pm    Chef Cards

[*Fall Education Series date TBD at the University of Utah Health Sciences Building with a focus on Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders.]

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Loida Viera-Hutchins, M.D.



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This project was made possible through a community grant from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

Heartfelt Thanks to Departing UFAN Founder and President, Michelle Fogg

Heartfelt Thanks to Departing UFAN Founder and President, Michelle Fogg

Friday, July 1, 2016 (SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH) Please join us in wishing Michelle Fogg, the founder of Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN), the very best in her resignation as President after a decade of service.  

Michelle’s dedication, passion, and hard work have helped countless individuals navigate life with food allergies.  She obtained UFAN’s 501(c)3 nonprofit designation and has planned and managed numerous community events including UFAN’s Food Allergy Education Conferences, Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, and Kids’ Summer Day Camp. She has also served as Chair/Co-Chair of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Salt Lake City multiple times.

A true believer in collaboration, Michelle has united parents, patients, physicians, school nurses, community agencies, and schools. She has provided mentorship for support group leaders at home and abroad while serving on numerous state and national boards–allowing for excellent partnering and establishing credibility of the UFAN organization. Michelle has also been long known for her passionate commitment to advocacy work, including lobbying and obtaining sponsorship for state and national laws.  

Under her leadership, UFAN has grown to over 1,000 members and followers who work together to advance common goals.  Michelle has provided training to many, including the Utah School Nurses Association, and co-created an online community education program, approved by the Utah Department of Health, which provides epinephrine training to individuals across the country.  

UFAN members have been greatly blessed to have Michelle in their midst to bring about this wonderful organization.  Michelle will remain a strong advocate for those with food allergies and eosinophilic disorders, and will continue to support UFAN’s efforts and provide vision as she joins our Advisory Board. UFAN cannot say enough good things about Michelle and express our deepest gratitude for the strong foundation she has provided us.

UFAN welcomes Julie Alverson as the new President of the Board of Directors and Melissa Sauter as Executive Director. Julie has served on the Board in multiple positions and as Volunteer Program Manager for nine years. She is intimately familiar with UFAN’s mission and membership and her volunteerism has demonstrated her dedication to serving the food allergy community. Melissa Sauter joined the UFAN Board of Directors last year and has a solid foundation of food allergies and eosinophilic disorders. She is an amazing advocate and passionate about UFAN’s programs and initiatives. Melissa will work with the Board and provide direct oversight for committees and services.

UFAN has strong leadership in place which will continue to carry our mission forward, and as always, we look to our members for additional volunteers and strengths as we network to serve the food allergic community of Utah. We look forward to a very bright future!