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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is gathering information on the notice for the labeling requirements of sesame as food allergen in food.

This Notice aims to protect and promote the public health by gathering data and other information on the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the United States and the prevalence of sesame-containing foods sold in the United States that are not required to disclose sesame as an ingredient.

The notice proposes the following:

  • Food with sesame must disclose the common or usual name “sesame” in food labeling.
  • Addition of sesame to the list of allergens in Compliance Policy Guide, which includes discussion of adulteration due to insufficient controls to prevent potential allergen cross-contact (the unintentional incorporation of allergens into foods that are not intended to include those allergens).
  • Additional issues for consideration and request for data and information are specified in section II A, B and C.

Public consultation is open until December 31, 2018.