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Media Room June 15, 2024

Statement by Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, CEO of FARE, Regarding Public Assertion Made by Lynsi Snyder, Owner and President of In-N-Out


As the leading food allergy nonprofit, FARE is deeply concerned by this troubling, dangerous and public assertion made by Lynsi Snyder, Owner and President of In-N-Out, that the amount of sesame in In-N-Out Burger buns is safe for people with a sesame allergy. 

We cannot let this comment stand. Each individual has their own food allergy reaction sensitivity and what is safe for one may cause a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction for another. We think that it is disingenuous in the worst possible way to portray that it’s “not as drastic as some are making it.” We all know that the underlying issue is bakers adding sesame flour to plain products to avoid having to properly clean manufacturing lines. 

Let’s talk, because the food allergy community is also a significant consumer group of more than 33 million people in the U.S. and we would like to see In-N-Out Burger earn the trust of our community rather than dismiss its concerns.

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