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Supermarket offers allergy tests

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1248

Safeway supermarkets are to offer a new allergy test service, which will inform customers whether they carry any of 150 allergies.

Allergies ranging from bee stings to peanuts will be tested with equipment from Pharmacia and Upjohn. Customers will give a blood sample from a finger prick, taken by a nurse or pharmacist at the store. The samples will be sent to PMC, a London pathology centre, for analysis, and results returned to the store within three working …

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