New national food allergy guidelines recommend education instead of bans

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New allergy guidelines have recommended removing blanket bans on foods from schools and childcare centres in favour of greater education and awareness around allergies and anaphylaxis. Released on Thursday, the National Allergy Strategy — developed with experts — aims to clarify managing and preventing anaphylaxis in schools, with research suggesting up to 1 in 20 school-aged children in Australia have food allergies.

The strategy has been in development for two years and is underpinned by “best practice guidelines for the prevention and management of anaphylaxis in schools and children’s education and care”.

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