From 2023, sesame will be the ninth largest allergen in food the main requirement that will be required in food labeling and food allergen control. This could pose significant challenges for the food industry.
- The above happened after the President of the United States, Joe Biden, declared Food Allergy Safety, Treatment and Testing (FASTER) Act..
“This bill provides that foods containing sesame that are introduced into interstate commerce on or after January 1, 2023 must include sesame in the allergen declaration.”
Within 18 months of the date of enactment, the FASTER Act will require the federal government to submit a report to Congress regarding current activities related to food allergensincluding the following priorities:
- Collecting data on the prevalence and severity of allergic reactions to certain foods or food ingredients
- Development of effective diagnostics of food allergies
- Prevention of food allergies
- Development of new therapies for the prevention, treatment, cure and control of food allergies
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Sesame’s versatility is now under regulatory scrutiny
As a versatile ingredient, sesame is usually used such as seeds, pasta, oil or spice mixes.
It is found in various foods, such as granola, cereals, pastries, dressings, sauces, soups, chips, tahini and in Asian cuisine.
Except, sesame seeds are a source of nutrients and are associated with numerous health benefits. Despite the nutritional benefits, many people are allergic or sensitive to it.
Although sesame has not been identified as a major food allergen Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)labeling requirements that you must comply with already exist in Canada, Australia and the European Union.
Labeling of products with sesame
The The FAST Act will enter into force only in January 2023The FDA encourages manufacturers to immediately begin the voluntary practice of including sesame in the list of ingredients on food labels.
Therefore, the FDA released draft guidance in November 2020 to help manufacturers incorporate this practice.
In the guidance, the FDA reports that “of the reports received, 44% of Sesame side effects They were described as serious and almost 50% resulted in a visit to the doctor or hospital.
According to the new law on allergies, labeling requirements of the Act on Labeling of Allergens in Food and Consumer Protection apply to sesame products and all prepackaged food products containing sesame.
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