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FDA Considering Adding Labeling for Sesame to Packaged Foods


Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a statement this morning saying the FDA is "advancing a new effort for the consideration of labeling for sesame to help protect people who have sesame allergies."
 
As the first step in this process, the FDA is publishing a request for information so it can learn more about the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the United States, as well as the prevalence of sesame-containing foods sold here that are not required to disclose sesame as an ingredient. The FDA is hoping to hear from several groups including allergy researchers and physicians regarding their clinical experiences and relevant findings.
 
While the request for information will be officially published in the Federal Register tomorrow, you can download the unpublished PDF version from this page. Responses to the request for information are due 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
 
The AAAAI will continue to monitor this issue and keep you updated.

 

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