Food Labeling: Allergy Information

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Media attention to food allergies is the result of the recent tracking of food allergy sufferers and a clear rise in the number of affected individuals. Several efforts are underway to improve the ability of individuals who have a food allergy to avoid products that cause symptoms that can range from mild to serious. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Allergy Issues Alliance each have released guidelines to address the issues of labeling and cross-contamination. Nine state attorneys general have petitioned FDA for stricter rules, which are also supported by some consumer groups. The FY2002 agriculture appropriations ... continued below

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Porter, Donna V. September 19, 2005.

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Media attention to food allergies is the result of the recent tracking of food allergy
sufferers and a clear rise in the number of affected individuals. Several efforts are
underway to improve the ability of individuals who have a food allergy to avoid
products that cause symptoms that can range from mild to serious. The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the Food Allergy Issues Alliance each have released
guidelines to address the issues of labeling and cross-contamination. Nine state
attorneys general have petitioned FDA for stricter rules, which are also supported by
some consumer groups. The FY2002 agriculture appropriations bill directed FDA to
address and report on cross-contamination; however, this report had not yet been
submitted. Most recently, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of
2004 (P.L. 108-282) was enacted on August 2, 2004. This report will provide
background on food allergies and review efforts to provide improved labeling
information for food allergy sufferers; it will be updated to reflect legislative or other
activity.

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  • September 19, 2005

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Porter, Donna V. Food Labeling: Allergy Information, report, September 19, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9118/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.