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New Study Shows Urban Children More Likely to Develop Food Allergies

EMSL Analytical’s Houston, TX and Cinnaminson, NJ locations offer advanced allergen testing services.


According to a new study published on the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics, children living in cities are more likely to develop food allergies than those who grow up in more rural areas.

A team of researchers surveyed the parents of 40,000 children living across the country. They discovered that roughly eight percent of the children included in the survey have food allergies; however, this number varies depending on where the children live.

Of the children surveyed, 9.8% of those living in urban areas have food allergies. This number drops to 7.6% in the suburbs and again to 6.2% in rural areas. The researchers also discovered that children living in sunnier states are more likely to have food allergies than those in cloudier, rainy regions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to a certain food that the body reacts to as harmful. Although any child can be at risk for food allergies, children are at greater risk if they are younger than age 3 or have a family history of asthma and allergies, a genetic predisposition to allergic disease, or elevated allergen-specific serum immunoglobulin levels.”

“EMSL Analytical offers testing services for a wide array of food allergens, including peanuts, soy, milk, egg, crustacean, and gliadin (gluten),” states Joy DellAringa, M.S., RM (NRM), CFSP, National Food Microbiology Supervisor at EMSL. “Our experienced staff of microbiologists analyzes food samples for allergens at our locations in Houston, TX and Cinnaminson, NJ.”

For more information on EMSL’s food testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, email, or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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