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  • Leading Allergists Call On USDA To Change Dietary Guidelines on Childhood Allergies

    By: RoseMarie Terenzio

Leading Allergists Call On USDA To Change Dietary Guidelines on Childhood Allergies

By: RoseMarie Terenzio

Leading Allergists Call On USDA To Change Dietary Guidelines on Childhood Allergies

By: RoseMarie Terenzio

Group Argues Overwhelming Evidence Supports Exposing Infants To Allergenic Foods Is Safe And May Reduce Risk of Allergies

LOS ANGELESFebruary 11, 2020– A multi-disciplinary group of leading academic professionals and clinicians who treat and advocate for children with food allergies have called on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to revise their dietary guidelines on childhood allergies. The coalition argues that the overwhelming evidence and research show that the introduction of allergenic foods in infancy is safe and, in fact, may reduce the risk of developing food allergies. 

The group also recommends complementary feeding around 6 months of age of common allergenic foods, especially peanut and egg, along with ensuring infants receive a diverse diet of their first year of life, relating to foods, food groups, and allergens.

"I wanted to make recommendations for the new USDA dietary guidelines because major medical societies like the AAP and NIAID already support early allergen introduction to help prevent food allergies, multiple clinical studies strongly support those guidelines, and because we know that feeding allergens to infants is safe." – Dr. Jonathan Spergel, M.D., Board-Certified Allergist and Chief of Allergy Section at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Ready. Set. Food!, a company focused on early allergen introduction, applauded the effort. The company developed a guided system that gently introduces babies as young as four months old to peanut, egg, and milk, helping reduce their risk of developing these common food allergies by up to 80%.  “We are very excited about this group’s efforts and recommendations. With new dietary guidelines being issued for the next 5 year period, it’s essential they include recommendations for food allergy prevention. We’re looking forward to continuing to work alongside the medical community to inform parents and help turn back the epidemic of food allergies,” said Ready, Set, Food! founder Daniel Zakowski.

 

  

 

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