July 22, 2004

Good News For Allergy Sufferers

A new law that will cheer the heart of anyone who had to find out the hard way that modified food starch and vegetable protein mean wheat and soy, respectively:

...The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed late Tuesday and awaits President Bush's signature, will require food makers to identify on labels, in plain language, whether a food product contains any of the eight main food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans.

The FDA requires that food makers list every ingredient in a product, but often scientific terms are used on labels, making it unclear for someone with food allergies.

Under the new bill, a product containing the milk protein casein, for example, must clearly list the word "milk" on the label in addition to "casein." ...The bill also requires labels to list any food allergens in spices, flavorings and additives and calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to define "gluten-free" and how the term will be used on food labels.

Who says regulation is all bad? If Bush signs this, I'll finally have a ready answer for the inevitable, 'do you like anything he's done' question.

Posted by natasha at July 22, 2004 08:54 PM | Health/Medicine/Health Care | Technorati links |