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Latex in food packaging.

You may be getting more than you think with packaged foods. Researchers in Leatherhead, UK, analyzed the packaging from 21 different foods including fruits, vegetables, ice creams, meats, cheeses, pastries, and sweets. They found that one-third of the packaging contained latex allergens. This means that people allergic to latex may have a reaction when handling the packaging.

Ice cream wrappers topped the list with the most allergens. Some of the food products were found to have latex allergens in high enough levels to trigger an allergic reaction in a sensitive person.

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 09/06

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Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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