Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Warning of Nut Allergy 'Hysteria

Nut allergy hysteria is becoming increasingly absurd. Schools are being declared "nut free zones," with all foods that don't have their ingredients clearly labeled— including lunches brought from home—being banned, despite the evidence that for most people nuts are healthful foods.

Measures to protect children with nut allergies are becoming increasingly absurd and hysterical, say experts.

A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected the 10-year-old passengers.

Such extreme steps to reduce exposure to nuts are not isolated and are fuelling fear and anxiety, reports the British Medical Journal Online. Read more

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