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- Updated: September 4, 2014
The first ever allergic reaction to antibiotic pesticides has been discovered by scientists, with information published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This discovery was prompted after a 10-year-old girl had a horrible reaction from eating blueberry pie. As a result, scientists began profiling her to find out why.
The girl had already experienced several allergic reactions associated with seasonal allergies, asthma, milk, and penicillin. However, when none of the known triggers were identified in the pie’s , scientists dug deeper to find answers.
Researchers believed there was a connection with the blueberries and an antibiotic called Streptomycin. Not only is this particular antibiotic used to treat people, it is often mixed with pesticides and used on crops as a means of fighting bacteria.
Dr. Anne Des Roches, lead author of the study, stated that as far as all the researchers and scientists know, this is the first time in history that an allergic reaction has been linked to fruits treated with antibiotic-laden pesticides. Obviously, that is going to create some distrust by consumers specific to the pesticide industry.
Currently, European laws are in place to prevent the use of certain antibiotics on crops and now, new Federal guidelines for the United States are being created whereby levels of antibiotic pesticides would be limited. Although not connected to potential allergies, the laws would ensure farmers do not overuse or abuse antibiotics for agricultural purposes.
According to experts, once these new laws are enacted, the potential for allergic reaction should decline. However, anyone with known and severe food allergies should be extra careful when consuming grown foods. Although an allergic reaction to antibiotic pesticides is extremely rare, this new information shows it is possible and potentially dangerous.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), laws will probably reduce the amount of antibiotics used on product but further research is still needed to better understand the full extent of the problem.