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FARE Responds to Companies Intentionally Adding Sesame Flour as FASTER Act Goes Into Effect

FARE's Response

We are delighted that the FASTER Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2023, ensures products containing sesame will be labeled. Unfortunately, we are disappointed and concerned that many baking companies are intentionally adding sesame flour to their products to avoid the cost of cleaning their lines.

FARE has been working over the last few months to fight back.
When we first heard of this practice earlier this year, we encouraged members of the American Bakers Association to do the right thing by our community and clean their lines to provide safe and sesame-free products to our community.  

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For a list of companies not adding sesame flour to products

Additional Information

Sesame is being newly added to some foods. The FDA says it doesn’t violate an allergy law

AP News - July 26, 2023

But food safety advocates say the practice endangers people with sesame allergies. “It limits our choice and it puts our community at greater risk,” said Robert Earl, vice president of regulatory affairs for the nonprofit group Food Allergy Research & Education.

FDA Criticized for Response to Bakers Adding Sesame Allergen

Allergic Living - May 18, 2023

A bakers’ group is citing “consumer safety” as the reason for the sudden addition of sesame – now the ninth top U.S. allergen – to numerous baked goods. Meantime, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s response to the new practice is being criticized as “tepid.”

The great sesame debacle

Food Fix - April 21, 2023

Congress asked food makers to label sesame as an allergen. It backfired in a big way. McCarthy includes SNAP work requirements in debt ceiling bill. FDA’s Susan Mayne to appear before a House Oversight panel. Plus, the Senate’s candy desk.

To comply with a new sesame allergy law, some businesses add — sesame

The Washington Post - April 11, 2023

Because companies are adding sesame in the form of flour, not seeds, the added allergen is invisible to the eye, making it more dangerous.

New law causing unintended consequences for those with major food allergies

ABC 7 Chicago - February 19, 2023

The spirit of the law was to make it clearer as to what was in their products and safer. Rather than do that, they've kind of taken the easy road out and added sesame.

Sesame allergy moms sound off about shortcuts on FDA guidelines: 'Threatening the lives of our kids'

Fox News - January 18, 2023

Families feel 'betrayed' by brands they trusted, said AllergyStrong executive director and allergy mom

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Answered - January 12, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions About Companies Intentionally Adding Sesame Flour to Products.

Major food brands are adding sesame to items in 'shortcut' after FDA declares the seed a 'major allergen'

Fox News - January 10, 2023

Food Allergy Research and Education executive called a workaround 'disappointing'

Bread Suppliers ‘Adding Sesame’ as Seed Becomes Top Allergen

Allergic Living - December 20, 2022

A growing number of U.S. commercial bakeries are intentionally adding sesame to some breads and baked goods, then labeling sesame as an ingredient.

Chick-Fil-A And Other Restaurants Added Sesame To Their Food And People With Sesame Allergies Are Pissed

BuzzFeed News - December 14, 2022

People are concerned that restaurants and food manufacturers may be adding sesame to products in response to a law that was passed to make it easier for those with allergies to identify the ingredient.

FARE statements regarding food companies intentionally adding sesame flour to their products to avoid complying with the intent of the FASTER Act

FARE Statement - December 13, 2022

Statement by Jason Linde, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Affairs, FARE

Ohio family says the FASTER Act will create a better life for their son

News Break - December 12, 2022

The act requires sesame to be added onto the list of major food allergens and food companies are required to clearly label it in the ingredients.

Learn more about how FARE advocates helped pass the FASTER Act
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