March 1997 Issue

Unfriendly Foods - How Great is The Threat of Food Allergy?

There's a new villain in town. The seemingly benign peanut has become public food allergy enemy number one. In response to several occurrences of peanut mislabeling and the specter of severe reactions by people who are allergic, manufacturers are scrambling to list peanuts as an ingredient on food labels, even if it is present only in minute amounts. But new worries arise from allergic reactions attributed to inadvertent cross-contamination of a nonpeanut-containing food

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