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AU: Fruit and veg allergies on the rise

Fruit and vegetable allergies affecting Australian children are increasing – but not to the same extent as in Britain.

UK specialists are puzzled by the number of children allergic to common vegetables and fruits such as celery, pears and apples. They are now rivaling peanuts as the most prevalent cause of food-related allergies, reports The Age.

In Australia there has been an increase in adverse reactions to bananas and kiwi fruits, but peanuts and tree nuts remain the most common triggers for severe allergic attacks, says Maria Said, president of Anaphylaxis Australia.

"We do see fruit and vegetable allergy … we certainly have people who are allergic to celery and the pepper family … but the major allergies in Australia remain peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg, fish and shellfish, soy, sesame and wheat," she told The Age.

Allergy specialists in Britain say the alarming rise in fruit and vegetable allergies has mainly affected younger children.

Some medical experts believe the problem could be due to the spreading of pollen allergy to fruit and vegetables. Pollution could also be a factor.


Publication date: 4/22/2009


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