ABC News: Pesticides in tap water linked to food allergies

December 5, 2012 | Department Of The Interior, Water

A Dec. 3 article on ABC News reports on a study that makes an interesting link between tap water and food allergies. The article begins:

"As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers the first proof that they may be linked to pesticides found in tap water.

"Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology used existing government data to see whether people with more dichlorophenols in their urine were more likely to have food allergies. Dichlorophenols are a kind of chlorine in certain pesticides that are known to kill bacteria, and in theory, they could be killing the naturally occurring bacteria in humans’ digestive systems, causing food allergies."

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