The FDA has encouraged manufacturers to include the word “sesame” on ingredient labels whenever it’s used as a food flavoring or additive to alert consumers who have a sesame allergy. New draft guidance on the matter came 2 years after the agency invited consumers, advocacy groups, health professionals, industry groups, and others to submit data and comments about sesame allergy prevalence and how often it’s contained in foods sold in the US. Although sesame isn’t among the 8 major food allergens—milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans—that are required by law to be identified on food labels, the FDA noted that sesame allergy may be increasing in the US. The agency cited surveys showing that an estimated 0.2% of adults and children have a sesame allergy.


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Citation: Jaklevic MC. Sesame Should Be on Food Labels to Warn Consumers With Allergy. JAMA. 2020;324(23):2357. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.23797