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FDA Issues Guidance on Food Allergen Labeling Exemptions

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance outlining the process that food manufacturers should follow when seeking exemptions from labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that food labels identify products containing major food allergens. To obtain an exemption from the labeling requirement for a specific ingredient, food manufacturers must submit either a petition that provides scientific information demonstrating that an ingredient derived from a major food allergen does not cause an allergic response that poses a risk to human health, or a notification providing scientific information demonstrating that the ingredient does not contain allergenic protein. Comments on the final guidance may be submitted at any time online or by mail to the Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-820), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, Maryland 20740.

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