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Safety alert over response to children's food allergies

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that minimum safety standards should be brought in to Britain's schools to cope with the rising number of children with food allergies, doctors have warned.

About 50,000 people in England suffer an anaphylactic shock in their lifetime and a third of those in children occur for the first time at school, but teachers are unprepared, they say.

The most common allergies in children are to eggs, cow's milk and nuts.

Lindsey McManus, deputy chief executive of Allergy UK, said: "The present arrangement is that schools in the UK work out a protocol with parents of individual children with allergies so teachers know who they are ... the problem is different schools have different protocols and different ways of going about things. Some may have a list of children with their photos in the staff room. There is no standardised way of educating staff."

With thanks to www.independent.co.uk
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