Making Sesame Allergy Safer
Sesame allergy is exploding. Laws and regulations aren’t keeping up. We need to do more to ensure the safety of those with sesame allergy.
Sesame: A Growing Problem that Demands Better Safety Measures
The number of Americans with sesame allergy has been growing rapidly. A recent survey now estimates that more than 1.5 million people are affected. This makes sesame the ninth most common allergen, and the most common allergen to not be required to be labeled on packaged foods.
Safely managing sesame allergies is complicated by two factors:
- The sheer number of products in which sesame is an ingredient. This includes a variety of both food items and non-food items such as medications and cosmetics.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has not included sesame on its list of major allergens. Very often it is not identified on product labels.
FARE is on the Offensive
FARE has been aggressively advocating for stronger policies to help protect those with food allergies. Our advocacy efforts include:
- Working to pass the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117). FASTER would update federal labeling laws to include sesame.
- Encouraging the FDA and its leadership to help protect those with sesame allergy by supporting new labeling laws and more aggressively using its regulatory authority.
- Continuing to support efforts at the state level to update labeling laws.
For more information about sesame allergy, visit our sesame page.