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Efforts Continue to Add Sesame as Top Allergen

FARE continues to advance efforts to expand the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) to include sesame as a major allergen.

Last month, FARE worked with long-time food allergy champion U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), on a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf urging the Commissioner to respond with an assessment from the FDA on whether sesame should be added to the major allergen list.

Rep. Nita Lowey

“Consumers deserve the right to know what allergens are in products they consume. After passing landmark legislation a decade ago to label the eight main food allergies in plain language, I share FARE’s concerns that the FDA isn’t adapting to the risks to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are allergic to sesame and sesame derivatives. The FDA should apply this vital policy to changing trends over time so that the public can easily identify common allergens in food. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to make sure that FDA takes the steps necessary to protect public health and put information in the hands of consumers.” Lowey said.

Sesame allergy is estimated to affect 1 in 1,000 Americans. For more information about sesame allergy, please visit

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