Sesame; Allergen; labeling

US Issues Notice on the Effective Date of Use of Sesame as Food Allergen

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Posted By: Baviya Priyadharshini

eu-proposes-import-tolerances-for-the-pesticide-deltamethrin (3)-1On December 15, 2022, the U.S Food and Drug Administration published a notice to “Remind the Manufacturers of the Effective Date for Sesame as a Major Food Allergen” per the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act.  

The scope of the document outlines the following points:

  • Foods containing sesame shall comply with specific food allergen regulatory requirements, including labeling and manufacturing requirements;
  • Sesame joins eight other major food allergens such as milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.
  • Foods on retail shelves or distributed before 2023, need not be removed from the marketplace or relabeled; 
  • Manufacturers producing foods containing sesame shall declare a warning statement as an allergen. 

All food business operators and manufacturers must comply with the above notice effective from January 01, 2023. 

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