Sesame is a flowering plant that produces edible seeds. It is a common ingredient in cuisines around the world, from baked goods to sushi.
The exact number of people with sesame allergy is unknown. Several reports suggest this allergy has increased significantly worldwide over the past two decades. A 2010 survey showed that hundreds of thousands of Americans are affected by sesame allergy.
Current U.S. federal law does not require sesame to be declared by food manufacturers. FARE supports adding sesame to the list of “major food allergens” that must appear on ingredient labels of processed foods. In the meantime, FARE continues to expand its educational resources to support people with sesame allergy.
A 2010 survey showed that hundreds of thousands of Americans are affected by sesame allergy.
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