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House Lawmakers Urge FDA To Clearly Label Foods Containing Allergen Sesame

December 3, 2018: 12:00 AM EST

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) has sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of colleagues to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urging the agency to require the clear labeling of sesame products because of the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies, and the risk of accidental exposure and allergic reactions under current regulations. According to Shea-Porter, sesame is the ninth most common food allergy among American adults and children, ranking just behind milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. However, allergic reactions to sesame can be even more severe than reactions to these eight allergens, the letter stated. Shea-Porter is the founder of the House of Representatives Asthma and Allergy Caucus.[Image Credit: © US Govt.]
"Shea-Porter Urges FDA to Label Sesame Products", Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), December 03, 2018, © US Govt.
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