Children: Allergies

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children with milk allergies; and what steps he is taking to reduce that number.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The prevalence of cow’s milk allergy is estimated to be between 2 and 3% in children during the first year of life.

The Food Standards Agency is currently funding a number of research projects investigating the causes and mechanisms that underlie the development of food allergies in children (including cow’s milk allergy). This includes the Enquiry about Tolerance (EAT) study and a systematic literature review on infant feeding and the development of food allergic disease. The results of these research projects will be reviewed by Government Scientific Advisory Committees.

Through this we will identify the factors that may influence the development of food allergic disease in children (including cow’s milk allergy) to inform future preventative strategies and advice to consumers.

The results of this research are expected, to be published in 2016.

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