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CDC releases food allergy guidelines for schools

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Updated: 10/30/2013 5:32 pm
ATLANTA (AP) -- The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies.

The voluntary advice calls on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and to make sure emergency allergy medicines like EpiPens are available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the guidelines on its website Wednesday.

About 15 states - and many schools or school districts - already have policies of their own. But experts say many of their policies are probably not comprehensive.

A recent CDC survey estimated that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies.
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Realchange - 10/30/2013 5:06 PM
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Devil is in details as they say. The wording of this article is deceptive. By nut restriction this mean kids will not be allowed to bring Peanut and Jelly sandwich's to school. Reason is little Johnny who has AHD will steal it and then eat it. He has food allergy, but he could care less. Does not matter that he stole it or ate it without regard for his own well being. Then the school can blame you, as a parent, for bringing a banned item to school rather than lack of supervision with AHD and other special requirement kids during their meal times. So to keep a few safe we must punish all of the kids. Speak out all you want it will not change.
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