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The promise of one less allergen in popular foodstuffs has been realized by a researcher who has developed an allergen-free peanut. If this can be commercialized it will be a boon to everyone. Let’s hope the process doesn’t otherwise remove what makes it a peanut.

An agricultural researcher at North Carolina A&T State University has developed what he said is a simple process to make allergen-free peanuts. The inventor, Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, is optimizing the process further to remove allergens from other foods.

“We are extremely pleased that we were able to find such a simple solution to a vexing problem that has enormous economic and public health ramifications, both for peanut sensitive individuals, and the food industry as a whole,” Ahmedna said.

The additional promise that the process can be adapted to other foods gives hope that we can remove a significant burden from many people.



  1. Mister Mustard says:

    Sounds promising, but we’ll just get allergic to something else.

    When I was growing up in the sixties, I didn’t know (nor had I ever heard of) a single person who was allergic to peanuts. Now, it seems like every other person I meet will go into anaphalactic shock if they have an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen that was made in the same room as peanuts.

  2. tallwookie says:

    that researcher is gonna make a TON of cash when he patents this

  3. Robin says:

    OR i will make alot of money when I patent it and then wait untill he gets rich and then ill sue and then i get all the CA$H

  4. sdf says:

    I don’t remember anyone allergic to peanuts while growing up either. That kind of thing sticks out to a kid too. Maybe people worked around it.

  5. Tippis says:

    Meh. Time to start cleaning your house less often…

  6. ChrisMac says:

    Yep.. Getting a cold is good for you!

  7. Dauragon88 says:

    This is amazing news, if it works and is a widely used product. My girlfriend is deathly allergic to peanuts, so I had to quit eating alot of my favorite sweets, in fear that I would forget that I ate a peanut butter cup and accidently kill her with a kiss (whenever I hear something like that happen in the news it freaks me out).

  8. Jägermeister says:

    Now, if they just could invent nut-free politicians…

  9. bobbo says:

    So none of us recall anyone allergic to peanuts as kids.

    Wonder if this has been acquired concomitant to some other environmental pollution, or if the condition was finally recognized and is now accurately diagnosed?

    Its google time!!

  10. bobbo says:

    Here is a better article on similar work. Patent law, greed in medicine, should keep this from getting to the market for a number of years?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6254576.stm

  11. Angel H. Wong says:

    Food is not fun if you can’t have a puffy face.

  12. Timbo says:

    Oh brother! The food industry will happily use peanuts everywhere — and only occasionally forget which kind of peanut is which. Those who have the extreme allergy to peanuts will have to form their own communities in the desert!

  13. tallwookie says:

    #12 – like burning man, only permenant?

  14. BdgBill says:

    In the last few years I have run into or heard about very militant peanut allergy people.

    I saw a woman interrogating a hotel maid about the possible peanut content in the hotels continental breakfast. If peanuts would kill you instantly would you take the word of a hotel maid that the food was safe?

    A couple of my friends kids schools have banned all peanut products. Going as far as threatening to call police if someone is caught with it on school grounds. This especially is bullshit.

    Peanut butter is a healthy staple for 99.9999999% of kids.

    What if someone is allergic to cotton or rubber? Will we all be forced to wear plastic clothes and shoes?

    If someone has an allergy or disease they need to deal with it themselves instead of transferring their hardship to hundreds of other people.

  15. Mister Mustard says:

    >>or if the condition was finally recognized and is now
    >>accurately diagnosed

    Uhhh, I don’t think so, Bobster. I also don’t recall any kids falling over instantly dead after having a PB&J sandwich, or a couple of roasted peanuts at the ball game. That certainly would have triggered some kind of investigation.

  16. Mister Mustard says:

    >>I have personally worked in a call center environment employing
    >>at times about six to seven hundred people who all were unable
    >>to consume products containing peanuts.

    Holy fuck! 700 people, ALL OF WHOM WERE ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS??? What country was THIS in?

    Where’s that damned theory of evolution when you need it???

  17. Dauragon88 says:

    17.

    Agreed. None of my older family members remember anyone with peanut allergies, yet I remember almost having a dead girlfriend last year due to a mislabled box of chocolates.

  18. Patrick Campbell says:

    #17….I’m not sure if your being sarcastic or just stupid…but I supposed its pretty dumb either way. To Clarify: One Person was VERY DANGEROUSLY allergic to peanuts and due to this no products containing peanuts were allowed in the building. It wasn’t fun.

  19. jsuttonus says:

    What a load of hooey, NOBODY is allergic to peanuts, it’s psychosomatic. Just a cry for attention, “look I’m special, if I eat a peanut I’ll die!” In all of human history nobody had “peanut allergies” until about ten years ago. These people are just looking for an excuse to sue someone.

  20. jsuttonus says:

    >What if someone is allergic to cotton or rubber? Will we all be forced to
    > wear plastic clothes and shoes?

    Actually there ARE assholes out there who claim to be allergic to rubber! Just like the peanut allergy morons, they just want two things: attention and money. They get off on being able to force people to do what they want. When are we going to grow some balls in this country and tell these idiots to GET OVER IT instead of coddling them like defective infants?

  21. jw says:

    jsuttonus

    You are making me laugh.

    What an idiot!

  22. jw says:

    I guess I should be clearer.

    jsuttonus YOU are an idiot!


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