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03 December 2012

Pesticides in tap water tied to food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise and And according to a new study, pesticides and tap water could be partially to blame.

Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 15 million Americans. And according to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), pesticides and tap water could be partially to blame.

Among 10 348 participants in a US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006, 2 548 had dichlorophenols measured in their urine and 2,211 were included into the study. Food allergy was found in 411 of these participants, while 1 016 had an environmental allergy.

 
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