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Questions Remain on Sesame Allergies and Food Labeling in the US
Questions Remain on Sesame Allergies and Food Labeling in the US

Today the ingredient sesame is not required to be listed as an allergen in the ingredient statement on food packages, however, that could change based on the information the FDA is now gathering. On Oct. 29, 2018, the FDA issued a request for information to study sesame allergies in the US. The FDA is also requesting industry input on the prevalence of sesame-containing foods sold in order to understand the possible costs that future regulatory action might bring to food manufactures that produce sesame-containing foods.

The comment period opens October 30, 2018 and will remain open for 60 days.

  • To submit electronic comments, go to and search for Docket No. FDA-2018-N-3809
  • Written comments must be sent to: 
    Docket Management Staff (HFA-305)
    Food and Drug Administration
    5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
    Rockville, MD 20852
    All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2018-N-3809.

Further instructions can be found in the Request for Information.

See the statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the FDA’s new consideration of labeling for sesame allergies.

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