According to recent data, up to 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies—affecting 1 in every 13 children under the age of 18 and bringing the economic cost of children’s food allergies alone to an estimated $25 billion per year. Food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011 while hospital admissions for severe reactions in children in Europe have risen seven-fold over the past decade. In a world survey conducted by the World Allergy Organization, the British Society for Allergy and Immunology reported that 25 percent of the adult and 25 percent of the childhood population in the U.K. suffer from one or more allergic diseases; however, the overall prevalence of allergic disease in the U.K.’s general population has remained stable over the past 10 years.
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