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Friday, April 21, 2006

Allergy Warning - Don't Chew Your Clothing!

From the life gets weirder every day department:

According to an article on the online version of the Canadian magazine Macleans, clothing is now being made from "100 per cent dehydrated spun cows' milk fibre."

That means that people who chew or drool on their clothing, like infants or your Uncle Fred, can release the milk proteins involved.

Researchers in the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln found that milk allergens can easily be extracted from clothes made from the fibre, and in concentrations sufficient to pose a hazard to people with milk allergies….

Dry milk fibres may also pose a risk to people with a milk allergy if the fibres are inhaled or come into contact with the skin.

How do you know if you have clothing made from dehydrated milk? Beats me. I always tell people to read the ingredients list on every product they buy, but I didn't know that also meant their pants.

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