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FDA Requests Information on Food Allergens

Thursday, December 13, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The FDA is seeking comments on initiating a risk assessment for establishing food allergen thresholds and action levels for major food allergens. In a Federal Register notice the agency states that if safe thresholds can be established, the FDA could:

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protections Act (FALPCA) of 2004 identified eight major food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans, which account for 90 percent of food allergies. To protect sensitive consumers FALPCA also requires that foods that contain any of the eight major food allergens carry a statement declaring them on the product label. 

Comments are due by February 7, 2013.

The full Federal Register notice is available here: http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-30123_PI.pdf?source=govdelivery  

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