Food Allergies Essay

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Food Allergies On the Rise Throughout the past fifteen years the amount of people effected by food allergies has concerningly increased. In a research release in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1997 and 2011 there has been a fifty percent increase in food allergies among children under the age of eighteen. Every three minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER. Why we are not worried? Research estimates up to 15 millions of Americans have food allergies. A study done by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in 2012 founded that pesticides containing dichlorophenol used primarily as an intermediate in the preparation of the herbicide may the one to blame (ACAAI). I asked twenty-one of my friends with food allergies what type of reaction each of them get when consuming the allergens and how long have they have the allergy for. To my surprise one third of them just recently got diagnose with a new food allergy. My sister after she turn thirty-four years old started to get an allergic reaction to almonds, some of her symptoms were itchy throat, swelling of the tongue, watery eyes, and some respiratory changes, after consuming them for over twenty-five years. I have another friend who is forty …show more content…
But why are some ingredients like dichlorophenol not been investigated in a deeper level? Why is the EPA still allowing farmers to use this product after finding a possible link to the increase in food allergies? I do not get it. Dichlorophenol is Chlorinated phenol. They are toxic compounds. But the toxic property accounts for many of their uses. They are used as bactericides, fungicides, and preservatives. Between the years 1980-1998 the EPA and CDC were notified about a case of a man death due to exposure to 2,4-DCP dichlorophenol, when the CDC and EPA started the investigation they discovered that he was not the first one to

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