Starting January 1, sesame will join the list of major food allergens defined by law, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
The change comes as a result of the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research Act, or FASTER Act, which was signed into law in April 2021. https://edition.cnn.com/2022/12/29/health/sesame-joins-major-food-allergens-list-fda-wellness/index.html?
The FDA has been reviewing whether to put sesame seeds on the major food allergens list — which also includes milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans — for several years. Adding sesame to the major food allergens list means foods containing sesame will be subject to specific food allergen regulatory requirements, including those regarding labelling and manufacturing.
Sesame allergies affect people of all ages and can appear as coughing, itchy throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, mouth rash, shortness of breath, wheezing and drops in blood pressure, Dr Robert Eitches, an allergist, immunologist and attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, told CNN in 2020.