On April 23, 2021, The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education & Research (FASTER) Act was signed into law, establishing sesame as the ninth major U.S. food allergen. Previously, the FDA required only the declaration of whole sesame seeds as an ingredient however, a food could also contain undeclared sesame seeds using uncommon names such as tahini or listed as a “spice” or “flavoring.” The deadline for food manufacturers to declare the presence of sesame as an allergen on their food packaging labels is Jan. 1, 2023.
Covered during this webinar:
- What the FASTER Act changed and what this means for the future of allergen labeling
- Alternate names for and common sources of sesame
- “Hidden” sources of sesame, such as in spices, colors, or flavorings
- How to declare sesame on your label
- How you can use Genesis R&D to comply with the new law