Food & Beverage Industry News: Australia has the highest level of food allergies in the world and Melbourne is the food allergy capital of the world, according to research. Two in every 100 Australian adults are affected by food allergies, while the figure rises to one in 10 for infants. The rates of these allergies in the western world has been rising for the past 20 years and, as Professor Katie Allen from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute told the Age, there are several theories regarding what is causing this change. Genetics, over-cleanliness, and vitamin D deficiencies have all been identified as possible causes of the rise in allergies.

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