Tag Archives: ALLERGENS

FDA Approves Drug to Treat Peanut Allergy in Children

On January 31, FDA approved the first drug to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. The drug, Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] may be given to individuals ages 4 through 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy. However, FDA warns that those who take Palforzia … Continue Reading

Coconut Industry Campaigns to Remove Coconuts from “Top 8” Allergen List

On September 10, the Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) launched a campaign to remove coconuts from the “top 8 allergen” list.  As our readers likely know, the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to require the labeling of foods that contain the eight most … Continue Reading

New Study Finds Prevalence of Sesame Allergy, as Illinois Becomes First State to Mandate Sesame Labeling on Packaged Foods

A new study by researchers from Northwestern University found that 0.49% of Americans, or 1.5 million children and adults, reported having an allergy to sesame, based on responses to a national survey of over 50,000 households. The results of the study indicate that there may be more Americans with a sesame allergy than there are … Continue Reading

Taiwan to Strengthen Allergen Labeling for Prepackaged Foods

On December 11, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration of Taiwan (TFDA) released an announcement intending to repeal the existing food allergen labeling regulations and replace it by a new regulation, which was published at the same time for comments. Under the proposed new regulation, TFDA consolidates the existing six categories of foods that are … Continue Reading

FMI Funds Allergen Recalls Research

For years, undeclared food allergens have been the leading cause of food recalls in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.  Earlier this year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) reported that the prevalence of reported food allergies has significantly increased, with an … Continue Reading

FSIS Sets Public Meeting on Food Allergens for March 16

As our readership is well aware, under current law, establishments regulated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are required to declare all ingredients, including allergens, on their products’ labels.  If FSIS determines that a product under its jurisdiction contains undeclared allergens, the Agency requests the establishment to recall the product.  FSIS recently reported that since … Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: Peanut Residues in Flour

FDA investigating low levels of peanut residue found in flour. Peanuts are among the “Big 8” allergens covered by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA).  Food companies must declare the presence of major allergens on the labels of food products.  Additionally, as part of good manufacturing practices (GMPs), facilities must … Continue Reading

Allergen Alert

FSIS issues updated food allergen guidelines. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that the label of an FDA-regulated food that contains an ingredient that is or contains protein from a “major food allergen” declare the presence of the allergen in the manner described by the law.  FALCPA does not apply to … Continue Reading

Got Allergens?

FDA issues guidance on food allergen labeling exemptions. Since the enactment of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA), food producers have been required to identify the presence of major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans) on food labels.  In certain cases, however, food … Continue Reading

Peanut Protein: Problem and Promise

Groundbreaking peanut consumption study counsels exposure, not avoidance, for those at risk of allergy. Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, with exposure to the protein triggering severe, potentially fatal allergic reactions in some cases. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that exposing individuals at high risk of … Continue Reading

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