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Latest American Statistics

Eight percent of U.S. children 18 years and younger — about 6 million — have food allergies, according to a survey study published June 20, 2011 in the journal Pediatrics with lead author Dr. Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern University.

That’s twice as many children as previously reported. A 2009 study by the National Center for Health Statistics published in the journal Pediatrics found 3.9 percent of children in this age range reported food allergies.

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