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New US Food Allergy Law Names Sesame As An Allergen

Until now, Americans who are allergic to sesame have had to examine the labels of food products to ensure they're safe to eat. President Biden recently signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act. The act now classifies sesame as a major allergen, meaning foods that contain it will have to clearly state this on the label. Foods containing sesame must meet this new labeling requirement from January 2023. Other major food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, dairy, eggs, and wheat. These foods, also known as the “big eight”, account for 90% of food allergens and were first grouped together in 2004 legislation. The new act also orders the US Department of Health and Human Services to regularly review promising food allergy treatments.

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