Tara McHugh

Tara McHugh

Soheila Maleki

Food allergy is complicated. It is defined as ‘‘an adverse health effect arising from a specific immune response that occurs reproducibly on exposure to a given food.’’

Allergies are immunologically mediated reactions that affect organs such as the skin, gut, and airways. The prevalence of allergic conditions is increasing at an alarming rate. A U.S. survey repeated on three occasions compared the prevalence of peanut allergy in children from 1997 to 2008, showing that the rate more than tripled…

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Tara McHugh, Contributing Editor, Processing column
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Tara McHugh
Soheila J. Maleki, PhD, is Acting Research Leader and Lead Scientist in Food Allergy Research, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, New Orleans ([email protected]).