Kiwi fruit warning in the UK

Posted on: Tue, 06/17/2003 - 9:00pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00


A high incidence of allergic reaction to kiwis has been reported in the UK. In a sense, this is good news for us. Our first allergist told us to avoid kiwis since DS had a known peanut allergy, but I had never seen any mention of kiwis anywhere. Our new allergist didn't have a clue either.

I want my first allergist back. He wasn't perfect but at least he knew his stuff. He moved to the US, unfortunately for us.

Posted on: Tue, 06/17/2003 - 9:33pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Kiwi IS one of Ryan's favorite fruit, however, I really wouldn't give it as baby food to an infant. He first started eating it last year when he was 5. I'm thrilled he hasn't had any problems with it, because most of us love it in our family. This was the first I've heard of a warning connecting peanut and kiwi. Guess I'm happy he never wanted to try it before last year!
I was very surprised with this article since a lot of kids are picky eaters. It's hard to imagine kiwi on the rise as a favorite fruit because it looks odd and is green.
Interesting article.

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 12:38am
NCMom's picture
Joined: 04/30/2003 - 09:00

My 5 year old non-PA son is a very picky eater. He said he'd try ravioli when he's 10 and after one look at a kiwi fruit, he said "I'm NEVER trying that". I guess it doesn't look that appealing when it's not peeled!

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 12:58am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

Wow, this is interesting. My son developed a life threatening allergy to kiwis at age 6.5. He has been peanut/tree nut allergic since birth. The article does not suggest a direct link to peanut allergy but rather suggests that this is another food that those with atopic tendencies [asthma, eczema, any allergy[environmental or food]] avoid as young children. My son loved kiwis and bananas and had them often before age 6 when he suddenly became allergic to them. We learned about the kiwi allergy when he had an anaphlactic reaction and about the banana when he complained about itchy lips and "bad" saliva when eating one. I guess that as formerly exotic foods become more commonplace that allergies will accompany them. Kiwi and banana are so popular now in fruit juices, popsicles etc that they are becoming harder to deal with than the nut allergies! Imagine that.

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 2:45am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

William has taken part in this research, we recieved a letter a couple of weeks ago:-
They hoped to use 60 people for the research , but were over whelmed by the response. contacted by over 400 people , and 300 decided to participate.
This is the biggest study of kiwi allergy ever.
Kiwi allergy was previously thought to be a mild allergy, and although this is often the case, the study has shown that many people , particularly children , have severe reactions.
People do not appear to grow out of the allergy, and if anything symptoms are likly to be increasingly severe with subsequent reactions.
One hundred and seventy eight people reported immediate (within 5 mins) symptoms on contact with fruit and during their first reaction.
90% had reactions within 30 mins and only 7 people (3%) reported a delay of more than and hour. Most people who had severe reactions responed immediately on contact with the fruit , and all responded within 30 mins.
9% have allergy to latex, allergies to avocado (5%) banana(7%) apple (6%) carrot (3%) and tree pollen (24%) are also common.
All these allergies have been discribed in association wiht kiwi fruit allergy in smaller studies from other countries.
Kiwi fruit contains protein that is very similar to one found , for example , in avocado. ( cross reactivity)
Allergies to allergens not known to cross react with kiwi fruit , ( ie that dont have similar proteins) were common in this study. Commonly reported alleriges include peanut,(14%) . tree nuts (16%) milk (6%) egg(8%) and grass pollen(29%). One hundred and seventy people (35%) have been treated for asthma, eczema , or hay fever.
children under the age 5 yrs were particularly likely to be generally very allergic. 90% have been treated for asthma , eczema , hay fever and only 28% have no other known allergies. 19 of 32 young children (59%) repaort peanut allergy, 14(44%) tree nut allergy, 5 (16%) milk allergy and 10 (31%) egg allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 10:49am
PB hater's picture
Joined: 05/16/2003 - 09:00

How often did he eat kiwi and bananas - several times a week....more? My ds eats a banana everyday and kiwi several times a week and I never imagined this could be a bad many things we don't know.
Does anyone have a list of foods that young children should avoid besides the top 8 allergens?

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 11:06am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

My PA son can't stand bananas, and kept saying that kiwis are itchy. However I always thought he meant the skin, but maybe he was having a slight reaction. Anyway, we did protect him from kiwis. he's 5 now, but I have no intention of getting kiwis again. After all, they're bad for the environment when we buy them here... Too much transportation means pollution too. And Kiwis come from the other side of the world, litterally. Now if we were in New Zealand, it would be a different story (well, as far as the pollution thing goes..)

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 1:58pm
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

Kiwi fruit is also grown in California. There are quite a few kiwi orchards in the Central valley. Also, some in Arizona, etc.
It was supposed to be the next greatest fruit 20 years ago and lots were planted. The market never developed and the price went down. So all the growers domestic and foreign took the hit.
Chances are, if you buy a kiwi in the United States, it was probably grown in the US. If it's not labeled explicitly as New Zealand, Mexico or Chile, it's from here. It's like apples, some are from New Zealand, but most are from US.

Posted on: Wed, 06/18/2003 - 9:09pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My husband researched kiwi several months ago and it seemed suitable to grow in our area. We own some acreage and were even thinking about planting a kiwi crop in the future. That's in the Northeast U.S. too. I only buy kiwi when I can get them 4 or 5 for $1. That's not too often.

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 12:06am
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

Interesting. My PA son had an anaphylaxic reaction to Kiwi last summer that was as bad as his reaction to peanut butter...We stay FAR AWAY from it.
[This message has been edited by robinlp (edited June 19, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 12:28am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

Why does Kiwi seem to cross react with peanut/tree nut allergy? Is it a coincidence? It can't be.


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