Food Labeling Modernization Act- H.R.5425 and S. 2647
This month, Rep. Frank Pallone and Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act (H.R.5425 and S. 2647). The proposed law would add sesame to the list of food allergens that must be disclosed on food labels under the requirements of the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). FALCPA has made the work of grocery shopping, school food service, and other aspects of food purchase easier and safer. Consumers seeking to avoid any of the “top eight” food allergens (crustaceans, fin fish, egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, soy, and wheat) may determine with relative ease whether those foods are intended ingredients of a grocery item.
Additionally, while FALCPA is intended to apply to grocery items, it is not uncommon for allergen information to be excluded from the labeling of non-prepackaged foods sold in retail settings such as grocery stores. H.R. 5425 proposes to require that allergen information be disclosed on such labels.
This change would greatly benefit the broader food allergy community by helping consumers avoid food allergens in those foods. Such accidental ingestion is a frequent cause of severe reactions, and can be deadly.
To move this bill forward, we need your legislators to sign on as a co-sponsor to this legislation. Click this link to send a message explaining how important it is for people with food allergies to be able to know if their allergen is present in a food.