Food allergies on the rise

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Food allergies are on the rise.

It’s increased 50 percent from 1997 to 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Kansas State University food safety specialist Karen Blakeslee says there are more than 160 foods that have been known to cause allergic reactions-but eight foods cause 90 percent of food allergies.

Those are milk, fish, soybeans, shellfish, wheat, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

Symptoms can range from mild reactions like sneezing to severe reactions like swelling of the throat.

Researchers have not determined why food allergies are on the rise.

There is no cure for allergies, only ways to prevent a reaction.

As help for those with allergies, the United States Department of Agriculture now requires food labels to have an allergen section.

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