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A new international study seeking to pinpoint the origin of food allergies has reportedly started to gather environmental, genetic and health information from hundreds of families in Boston, Chicago and Anhui Province in China. Led by Xiaobin Wang and Jacqueline Pongracic from Children’s Memorial Hospital, the study uses a multicenter design to compare diverse populations and their prevalence of allergic disease. Moreover, the initial findings have already produced some unexpected results. Although skin-tests found that 16.7 percent of one rural Chinese community was sensitive to shellfish and 12.3 percent to peanuts, allergic reactions occurred in less than 1 percent of that population. “The apparent disassociation between high allergenic sensitization and low allergic disease in this Chinese population is not seen in our two U.S. study populations,” Pongracic said. “What can explain the U.S. and Chinese difference? Is it urban versus rural exposure? Diet and lifestyle? Or genetic susceptibility? These are…

According to a press report, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused the request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. that the court reconsider, en banc, a July 2008 decision by a three-judge appellate court panel reviving the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust challenge to the company’s merger with Wild Oats Markets, Inc. More information about the panel’s divided ruling appears in issue 269 of this Update. The commission will conduct administrative hearings on the merger in February 2009. While the merger was completed in August 2007, the commission could apparently try to stop further integration of the companies’ operations or require Whole Foods to sell some properties. In a statement, Whole Foods reportedly indicated its intent to vigorously defend the administrative proceedings, “even though we believe it is an unfair process and a violation of the company’s due process rights.” See Dow Jones Newswires, November 21, 2008. Meanwhile, a Chicago…

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