Sesame reaction? Let the FDA know.

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Have you had a reaction to sesame? Do you know someone who has?

The FDA wants to hear about any serious reactions to sesame, regardless of how the product might have been labeled.

This survey was passed along to me from End Allergies Together, who, along with other food allergy advocates, went to Washington DC with representatives from the Center for Science in the Public Interest to petition the FDA to add sesame to the labeling laws. 

CSPI has created a tailored survey page asking questions specific to sesame allergy, complete with a place to upload images of products and communications with companies. Information submitted using this survey will be forwarded to the FDA as submissions to the agency’s adverse event reporting database. 

The survey link is here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sesame_reports

Currently, only eight allergens — milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy — are listed on food labels. Allergens not on that list, such as sesame, are sometimes called non top-8 allergens. Sesame allergy ranks ninth in prevalence. All of us in the food allergy community should continue to advocate so that people with sesame allergies are able to safely make everyday food choices.  

Many in the food allergy community believe the FDA will be acting soon on sesame (most likely in the form of a draft guidance). Agency staff have asked for more adverse event reports related to sesame, most likely as a way of supporting the need for the guidance internally.  

 

JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.