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> The U.S.A. have just adopted a legislation concerning the compulsory labelling of the eight major food allergens

The U.S.A. have just adopted a legislation concerning the compulsory labelling of the eight major food allergens (milk, egg, fish, shellfish, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy).

The bill has just been signed by President Georges BUSH and it will take effect on January 1st, 2006 (The Food Allergen and Consumer Protection Act – FALCPA). It is the result of years of hard work of the Food allergy and anaphylaxis network (FAAN) and it has got Pr Hugh Sampson’s greetings. A special care is given to the risk of “hidden” allergens because labels will have to indicate the presence of those major food allergens in spices, flavouring, additives and colourings.

This bill also calls on the federal government to improve the collection of food allergy data, to convene a panel of experts, to review food allergy research efforts, to evaluate the number of allergen inspections done of food manufacturing facilities and the ways in which theses facilities can reduce or eliminate cross-contact, to consider revisions of the Food Code to provide allergen-free preparation guidelines for restaurants and food service establishments and investigate consumer preference pertaining to advisory food labelling statements.