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What is the most common food allergy?

The most common food allergies vary between children and adults. The eight most common food allergies identified by the FDA are milk, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, peanuts and fish. Cow's milk is the most common food allergy in American children, although most will outgrow it by age six. Shellfish allergy is most common in adults, as it doesn't usually develop until later in life.

Eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. They are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy.

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