Some Food Allergies May Be Linked to Farm Pesticides

A new study published in the Scientific Journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggests that some people may be allergic to the antibiotics used to keep pests away from fruits and vegetables.

Researchers followed the case of a 10-year-old girl who thought she was allergic to blueberries because of a violent reaction after eating them. Further study, though, revealed she actually was reacting to the streptomycin, which is an antibiotic used in pesticides to prevent bacteria, fungi and algae.

“As far as we know, this is the first report that links an allergic reaction to fruits treated with antibiotic pesticides,” said allergist Dr. Anne Des Roches, the lead author of the study.  Although this reaction is very rare it is something that the food allergy community needs to be aware of.

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