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Faster Act in Action: Understanding Sesame Legislation in 2023

The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act became law in April 2021, requiring manufacturers to list sesame as a food allergen if it is present in packaged foods beginning January 1, 2023. This bipartisan legislation was the first successful effort to label a new food allergen since 2004. Achieved through 17 years of FARE advocacy efforts, the FASTER Act represents a huge step forward for those with sesame allergies. However, its implementation has been complicated by many companies in the baked goods sector, who add sesame flour to plain products as a new ingredient rather than taking steps during production to prevent sesame cross-contact. In this session, the presenters will review U.S. labeling updates, consumer expectations, and where we go from here.

Original air date: February 15, 2023

Speakers: Tiffany Leon, MS, RD and Robert Earl, MPH, RDN, FAND

Length: 1 hour