Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Food Allergen Labeling

Tell the FDA: Corn Needs to be Included in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act

Targeting: Jennifer Love (FAAN - Marketing and Media Contact), Mary Jane Marchisotto (Executive Director at Food Allergy Initiative) and Dr. Margaret Hamburg (FDA Commissioner)
Started by: Sharon Rosen
Unlabeled Corn Allergens in food and medicine threaten the health and general safety of many Americans. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) has made it much easier to to avoid any of the eight allergens the FDA refers to as the "Most Common Allergens," but it is in need of a revision. Those allergens currently included in the FALCPA are: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree nuts, Soy, Wheat, Fish, and Shellfish.

Corn Allergens are not required to be labeled, and may be hidden under the name of Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherols, "Natural Flavors," and many other ingredients.

When there are ingredients in a product that are derived from Corn, it should be a requirement to list their source, just as it is for the other common allergens.

We need more information to make clear, healthy choices for ourselves and our family.

Corn Allergy Blogs
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Corn-Free Foods (& products) lists

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Jason said...

Our children have peanut allergies so we know how much the current labeling laws changed our lives for the better. I fully support adding corn to the list of allergens.

Keep up the fight!

Sharon Rosen said...

Karen, thank you SO much for sharing the petition on your site and bring more awareness to this initiative.

Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated :-)

~ Sharon / www.LiveCornFree.com