FDA is concerned with protecting the public health of people and promoting health through supervision for safety. They do clinical search and study to promote health and awareness. If we talk about infants, FDA is super concerned. When 2% children in America were found peanut allergic, FDA has a new claim now. Feeding solids to babies have been a thing of excitement. While experimenting with babies, we come across something called resistibility of foods to their body. This is known as food allergies. Food allergies can happen anytime to us, even years after consuming the same foods. But with prolonged study and research it’s been found out that most of the food allergies start in childhood, but they can develop at any time of life. The affect of this allergy is life threatening and is commonly associated with anaphylaxis.
Earlier is told by the doctors to avoid giving peanuts to children in their diet. But, as medical science progress, it is told by doctors to start feeding mild peanut food product to children as early as four months of age.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a qualified health claim for infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy characterizing the relationship between the consumption of foods containing ground peanuts beginning between 4 and 10 months of age and a reduced risk of developing peanut allergy by 5 years of age. This involved available scientific incident and systemic study.
Claim says: “For most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing ground peanuts between 4 and 10 months of age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy by 5 years of age”. “This is the first time the FDA has recognized a qualified health claim to prevent a food allergy,” declared FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D
Eventually, this new advice on peanut intolerance for infant will help market shelves to put up mild peanut products which will be suitable for consumption of babies. Parents ought to do a health check up for babies, instead of just providing a full stop to peanuts.FDA will continue the research work before putting up the claim.
Allergies will continue to grow and the so is the research and study. We need to take precaution, but little experiment can be done so as to make our body adapt to such allergens. Innovations and research will continue to grow. Learning about food energy is important. The more we learn, the better we grow.