Farm Antibiotics May Be Linked to Food Allergies

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Allergic reactions to food are a concern for millions of Americans, and now a study suggests there’s a potential new player on the immunology front: Some people may be allergic to the antibiotics used to keep pests away from fruits and vegetables.

The study profiles the case of a 10-year-old girl who had a severe allergic reaction after eating blueberry pie. She suffered from asthma, seasonal allergies and allergies to milk and penicillin, but nothing in the pie seemed like a likely culprit.

The researchers determined that the problem was a blueberry that had been treated with streptomycin, an antibiotic that’s used in people to fight off germs and in plants to keep bacteria, fungi and algae at bay.

“As far as we know, this is the first report that links an allergic reaction to fruits treated with antibiotic pesticides,” said allergist Dr…

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