Young Girl Nearly Dies After Eating Blueberry Pie With Surprising Ingredient

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Who doesn't love an end-of-summer slice of blueberry pie? But the innocent-looking dessert was responsible for sending a girl in Canada to the hospital after she suffered a severe allergic reaction to a surprising ingredient

After eating the fruity treat, the girl began experiencing abnormal breathing coupled with hives. She was treated with drugs used to combat allergic reactions and, thankfully, has recovered. But what was initially stymieing doctors was the fact that the child wasn't allergic to any of the pie's ingredients. 

So then what exactly caused her body's frightening response? 

It wasn't until doctors tested the girl for an allergy to streptomycin, an antibiotic used as a pesticide on fruit, that they discovered what caused her sudden and severe illness. 


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Aside from its usual ingredients, the pie contained traces of the antibiotic, researchers discovered. While doctors note the girl's reaction is rare, as a mom, this is really frightening. Even if you're the parent of a child who doesn't have food allergies, you still like to think you (sort of) know what your son or daughter is eating. 

We're accustomed to hearing about the dangers of nuts, dairy, and wheat, but apparently that's not all we need to worry about. 

Several years ago, my son broke out in hives after eating his favorite fruit: strawberries. He'd been devouring them for years and never had a reaction before, but as the minutes passed and his lumps and bumps grew and spread, we rushed him to the doctor.

They immediately sent us to the ER where he was treated and released. Though we were told it was most likely a food allergy, doctors said finding the culprit could be difficult since he hadn't eaten anything out of the ordinary. We were told to watch him the next few times he ate strawberries. We did and, thankfully, it hasn't happened since.

Now I can't help but wonder if an antibiotic in the fruit could be to blame. 

While the practice of using antibiotics to grow food has been banned in some countries, it is still allowed in the United States and Canada. 

Researchers believe stricter policies aimed at reducing antibiotic contaminants in foods would not only help to fight antibiotic resistance, but could also reduce rare allergic reactions like the one this girl experienced. 

Have you ever had a severe reaction to a food you've eaten dozens of times in the past? 

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