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National Cheese Lover's Day: January 20

There is no firm evidence of how humans discovered cheese making, but legend tells us that it was likely the serendipitous outcome of spoiled milk. The earliest record of cheese dates back to 5,500 BCE in what is now Poland and today there are over 1,400 varieties. 

For many of us, there is nothing cheddar than indulging in cheese. However, for those with milk allergies, it can trigger an immune system response such as hives, upset stomach, anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions.

Cheese can be made from the milk of cows, goats and other animals. However cow's milk is one of the top nine food allergens in the United States, and in the developed world it’s the most common food allergy in infants and children, affecting roughly 2 to 3% of children.

Did you know that our Thermo ScientificTM ImmunoCAPTM Milk Allergen Components test can aid in the diagnosis of allergic conditions? Thermo Fisher's test measures specific Immunoglobulin E antibodies which are produced by the immune system and react to dairy. 

So, while enjoying your favorite cheese is a gouda way to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day, let’s also celebrate the technology that allows those with allergies to avoid foods that cause reactions.