FDA Reminds Manufacturers to Label Sesame as Major Allergen

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a reminder to manufacturers that foods with sesame will need to be labeled as containing a major allergen.

The sesame-containing foods will be subject to special labeling from January 1, 2023.

Sesame is recognized as one of the major food allergens by the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act, signed in 2021.

The other major allergens are milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

According to the FDA, foods that are already on retail shelves do not need to be removed or relabeled as containing an allergen.

Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern, affecting 1 in 13 children in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

The body’s immune response to a specific allergen can be severe and life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis. As there is no cure for food allergies, strict avoidance of the allergen is the only way to prevent a reaction.

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