Nov 11, 2020 |
ABC News – People who suffer from sesame allergies, reportedly more than 1.5 million people in the United States, may soon have some help identifying foods that contain it.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to release a notice Thursday that asks food manufacturers to clearly label the presence of sesame in their products.
Sesame is not currently one of the potential food allergens mandated by law to be listed on food labels.
Two teenage brothers were on their way to visit their father halfway around the world when they were stranded at the airport because the airline was allegedly not willing to accommodate a life-threatening peanut allergy.
ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said:
“This is really a call to awareness issued by the FDA. They don’t have the legal power to require food manufacturers to label packages if they contain sesame, but they can urge increased awareness and potentially have that happen down the road.”
According to a study released last year by Northwestern University, more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. report a sesame allergy, which can be just as dangerous as a nut allergy … Read more.