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Four Changes the FDA Must Adopt to Make Ingredient Labeling Safer for the Allergic Community

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According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), over 32 million Americans suffer from food allergies comprising 8% of all children and 11% of adults. And make no mistake about it: a mere trace of an allergen consumed by an allergic individual can result in a severe, sometimes life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Unfortunately, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is failing when it comes to protecting American food allergy sufferers from the allergens that could cause them serious harm. Where the FDA mandates certain ingredient disclosures on the label, they confuse matters by allowing multiple ways of doing so. Where the FDA has abrogated their responsibility entirely, manufacturers have stepped in with a hodgepodge of advisory warnings that confuse allergic consumers and give them a false sense of security their food products are free of their allergens of concern.

In working with hundreds of food manufacturers since we established SnackSafely.com in 2011, we’ve learned that much of what goes on behind the scenes in food manufacturing is not disclosed on the label.

Looking back with the benefit of that experience, we’ve come up with four relatively easy to implement changes that would strengthen allergen labeling regulations and make shopping for consumer packaged goods easier, safer, and far less confusing for the allergic community.

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Dave Bloom
Dave Bloom is CEO and "Blogger in Chief" of SnackSafely.com.

2 COMMENTS

  1. How about including “Gluten” in the list? I have celiac disease, and while it is not an allergy, consumption of gluten causes me to be sick, miss several days to a week of work, and not recover completely for at least a few weeks. Damage also occurs to my small intestine. It is not only wheat that does this — rye, triticale, etc., and flavorings, colorings, and other substances added to food, seasonings, dressings, etc., needs to be disclosed.

    Thanks

  2. What is the FDA doing for the community of people that have Alpha Gal? There is mammalian byproducts in so many things. It is hidden ingredients and the food companies don’t have to put anything in the label. If I were to eat a bag is salted peanuts, I would be in the hospital, right after I used my EpiPen, because the soultion the nuts are put in to keep the salt attached has mammalian byproducts in it. The same goes for McDonald’s french fries.

    I believe we the consumer have the right to know everything that goes into our food.

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