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Children Break Out Over Food Labels

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Children Break Out Over Food Labels

Shoppers pay attention to food labels for more reasons than just their own health. In many cases, they're purchasing for their children and friends.

However, a new study found that more than 70 percent of pre-schoolers with food allergies have still eaten foods or ingredients they're supposed to avoid. Two of the biggest factors contributing to this problem are misleading food labels and cross-contamination among products.

In one instance, a respondent recounts how her daughter, who is allergic to milk in yogurt, soy, nuts and eggs, has broken out in hives for seemingly no reason in the past. The allergies have been managed through the use of an epinephrine pen.

"The lesson there is to talk to the parents to make sure that everyone who takes care of the child understands all the nuances of how to successfully avoid the food," Dr. Scott Sicherer, one of the study's authors, said.

A separate study from the Consortium of Food Allergy Research, a part of the National Institutes of Health, found milk and egg allergies among children are more commonplace than expected.