The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a statement saying it’s been investigating whether a fish therapy is safe and effective for children with fish allergies.
The AAP said it plans to release a draft policy this month on the topic.
The organization is also considering a draft resolution that would set limits on the number of fish species that can be used in aquarium fish tanks.
The move comes after the EPA proposed rules on fish tank safety last year.
The rules would require all aquarists to keep fish species below 100 pounds (37 kilograms) per tank.
According to the American Academy, fish therapy can reduce the risk of allergies by reducing the symptoms of the disorder.
The AAP’s statement says fish therapy uses fish as a treatment, not a food source, to help people with fish allergy.
In order to do this, the treatment must target a specific set of proteins in fish.
The group said the treatments are safe and do not contain chemicals or toxic metals.
While the EPA is considering its draft regulations, the AP said it’s also looking into the possibility of expanding its study to include children with other fish allergies, such as those with salmonella.
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