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FDA Seeks Input on Sesame Allergies and Food Labeling

Friday, November 2, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting information regarding the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the U.S. to inform possible regulatory action that would require sesame to be labeled as an allergen on packaged foods. FDA also seeks public input about the prevalence of sesame-containing foods sold in the U.S. that are not required by law to disclose sesame in the ingredient list on food packages. Sesame currently is not required to be disclosed as an allergen, and in certain circumstances, may be exempt from being listed by name in the ingredient statement on food packages. In addition, FDA invited comments regarding the possible costs of future regulatory actions associated with sesame disclosure. Public comments are due December 31, 2018.

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