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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.

Original air date: February 15, 2023

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

Length: 1 hour


Tiffany Leon, RD, MS

As FARE’s Asst. Director of Training and Professional Programs, Tiffany supports the development of educational materials and training programs for key target audiences including registered dietitians or other healthcare professionals, commercial foodservice operators and of course, those with food allergies!

Tiffany came to FARE from Georgetown University where she worked in dining services to help students with dietary restrictions navigate their dining options, served as a voice for the students during menu development, and provided food safety training to the campus dining staff. Prior to that she was at a private nutrition and research firm that tailored holistic nutrition programs to boost physical and mental performance.
She has been a Registered Dietitian for 10 years, and earned degrees from James Madison University and Columbia University. She lives in Maryland, with her family and dog, Maggie.
Robert Earl, MPH, RDN

Robert Earl is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, providing regulatory leadership to FARE on food allergen labeling and thresholds, working with regulatory and government agencies and the food industry, domestically and internationally. He brings over three decades of food allergen, food labeling, and food and nutrition program regulatory expertise.

Most recently, Bob was Director of Regulatory Policy Intelligence at Kerry Taste & Nutrition, a world leader in taste and nutrition for the food and beverage industry. Bob also worked in various regulatory leadership positions at The Coca-Cola Company, including Global Nutrition & Health Policy Director and Global Director of Policy Development, in Corporate Scientific & Regulatory Affairs. He also served as Vice President of Science Policy, Nutrition and Health, at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.