October 30, 2018 – Washington, DC – The Bronchial asthma and Allergy Basis of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing sufferers with bronchial asthma and allergic reactions, applauds the latest request for info and assertion from the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its dedication to discover the classification of sesame as a serious allergen.Primarily based on studies of opposed reactions from our group of over 55,000 meals allergy sufferers, AAFA has advocated for the inclusion of sesame as a serious allergen. For a few years AAFA has collected affected person and skilled testimony and contributed to FDA hearings on new remedy choices for bronchial asthma and allergic reactions. In August of this 12 months AAFA met with FDA to current a choice of sesame response tales. The result was a request for extra. AAFA then put out a survey to gather info from our group, amplified by coalition companions Meals Allergy Analysis and Schooling (FARE) and the Heart for Science within the Public Curiosity (CSPI). Thus far, over 150 sufferers have submitted sesame allergy tales.Kenneth Mendez, AAFA President and CEO, states “We applaud FDA’s Request for Information on the prevalence and severity of sesame allergy in the United States. Though sesame ranks 9th in prevalence behind the top 8 allergens, manufacturers are not required to clearly label sesame on their products.” He continues “The stories we hear about life threatening situations, anaphylactic reactions, 911 calls, and emergency room visits from unlabeled sesame products or cross contamination make this the highest priority for those with sesame allergy. American patients deserve clear labeling requirements on food – similar to Canada, the EU, and other countries.”AAFA is inspired that FDA is taking this risk significantly and transferring in direction of discovering an answer. We sit up for continued work with the administration for the right allergen labeling of sesame. For media inquiries, contact:Angel Waldron, Director of Communications202-974-1223awaldron@aafa.orgHave you had a critical allergic response to sesame? Tell us! We’re sharing your tales with the FDA to assist enhance sesame labeling.SHARE YOUR SESAME STORY


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