Sesame Gains Footing in Drive for Food-Labeling Requirements

Currently nearly half a million Americans suffer from a sesame allergy and the number is increasing.
Despite the rise, at this time, sesame is not required to be listed as an allergen on packaging.

Supporters of the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 hope to change this and would require sesame to be placed on the list of major food allergens.

Currently, only items listed on what is commonly referred to as the “Big 8” allergens — milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean — must be listed on food labels in clear, easy-to-understand language. The “Big 8” list accounted for 90 percent of the allergies in the U.S. but sesame has increasingly become what many refer to as the “ninth” major allergen.

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