FDA considers labeling sesame for food allergies

Oct. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it is studying whether to add sesame as among foods that must be clearly labeled as an allergen on food packages.

Currently, eight allergens must be declared on packaged food labels — peanuts, milk, tree nuts, egg, wheat, soy, shellfish and fish — as part of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. The tiny seed is already on the priority allergen lists in Canada, Europe and Australia.

When the U.S. law went into effect, the eight food groups of more than 160 identified food allergens accounted for 90 percent of serious food allergic reactions occurring in the United States.

“Unfortunately, we’re beginning to see evidence that sesame allergies may be a growing concern in the U.S.,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA’s commissioner, said in

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