CDC issues new recommendations for food allergies in schools

Posted on: 2:30 pm, October 31, 2013, by

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It seems more and more children are being diagnosed with food allergies, some of those are even life-threatening.

Now, government health officials are issuing new guidelines to make schools safer for those children.

The CDC recommendations are voluntary but strongly encouraged to protect the 6 percent of children with food allergies.

Schools are encouraged to not serve foods that contain common allergens, like peanuts, at class parties or in class projects.

Also, teachers are encouraged to use non-food incentives for prizes or awards.

Experts also recommend that school officials train the staff in how to use an epi-pen, in case of a severe reaction, and to have the pens readily available.