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Action call over allergy 'epidemic'.

A NETWORK of specialised centres is necessary to tackle the "allergy epidemic" in the UK, an influential House of Lords committee recommended today.

The peers also said pregnant women should be allowed to eat peanuts as current Government advice to avoid the food was not only failing to prevent peanut allergy but "may even be counter-productive".

The committee recommended an overhaul of food labelling regulations to improve on "vague and defensive" information such as "may contain nuts".

The Science and Technology Committee's report said allergies cost the NHS in England pounds 1 billion a year for medication and treatment.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2007
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