Women warned to avoid peanuts during pregnancy and lactation

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1926
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers with a family history of atopy have been advised in a government report to avoid eating peanut products in a bid to reduce the numbers of children who develop peanut allergy.

    The advice, from the government's Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment, is aimed at up to a third of pregnant women—some 250000—who have close family members with allergic reactions, asthma, hay fever, or eczema. Families without a history of atopy can ignore the warning.

    As with …

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