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Meat sales down?

Fast Company has a story about a new warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that "hundreds of thousands of Americans have become allergic to red meat after being bitten by ticks. The bites can result in a condition known as alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), and it can have lifelong consequences for red meat eaters."

According to the story, "alpha-gal syndrome is a condition where a person becomes allergic to alpha-gal, a sugar molecule found in many mammals, but not humans. Alpha-gal is also not found in fish, reptiles, or birds. If you have AGS, your body may have an allergic reaction after eating red meat, including pork, beef, rabbit, lamb, venison, and more."

The CDC says that for people who have AGS, eating meat can create a number of symptoms, including "nausea or vomiting, hives or itchy rashes. heartburn or indigestion, diarrhea, coughs, trouble breathing, swelling in the lips and throat as well as the eyes and tongue, a drop in blood pressure, and dizziness or fainting … Most reactions appear between 2-6 hours after eating red meat, which means many alpha-gal syndrome sufferers might not connect their symptoms to the intake of red meat during an earlier meal."