New Food Allergy Guidelines For Schools

10.31.13 | Bob Price

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing its first government guidelines on how to protect schoolchildren with food allergies. The voluntary guidelines call on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and make sure emergency allergy medicine -- like Epipens -- are available.  A recent CDC survey estimates that about 1 in 20 U.S. school children have food allergies -- a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s. Peanuts are the most common food that children are allergic to, followed by milk and shellfish.