Gum Arabic is a cause of occupational allergy

The Department of Pulmonary Diseases at Turku University in Finland has carried out research on the effects of gum Arabic on sweet factory workers. Gum Arabic is a potential sensitiser in the food industry, and the scientists examined 11 factory workers referred because of respiratory and skin symptoms. After skin, pulmonary function and respiratory provocation tests the scientists found that four of the workers had occupational asthma caused by gum Arabic, two of them had occupational contact urticaria and one had occupational rhinitis. They concluded that airborne exposure to gum Arabic may cause sensitisation leading to allergic symptoms.

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First Published in May 2011

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