Congress has introduced important legislation to improve the way manufacturers label food allergens! The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 (HR 4061) would also add sesame to the list of major food allergens.
Currently, only eight allergens - milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy - must be listed on food labels. Sesame seeds and oil are used as ingredients in many common foods, but are often vaguely labeled as "spices" or "natural seasoning". Adding sesame to the list of major allergens would help protect the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Americans who are allergic to sesame.
The Food Labeling Modernization Act also requires updates to the nutrition facts panel on packaged foods, and would ensure that warning labels use clear, easy-to-understand language. Within three years, signs listing major food allergens must be placed next to any non-packaged foods being offered for sale in stores. To learn more about the requirements, you can read a section-by-section breakdown of the bill or an article about the importance of sesame labeling.
The Food Labeling Modernization Act would protect Americans with food allergies and allow consumers to make healthier choices when buying food. Tell your members of Congress to support this legislation!