Food Allergies

Sesame Added as the Ninth Major Allergen

  • Sesame was added as the ninth major allergen to the 2022 FDA Code. This is effective as of 1-1-23.
  • Sesame must be listed on all labels of packaged foods in the United States.
  • The major food allergens now include milk, egg, fish (such as bass, flounder, and cod), crustacean shellfish (such as crab, lobster, and shrimp), tree nuts (such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts), wheat, peanuts, soybeans, and sesame.
  • These nine major allergens account for 90% of all food allergy reactions.
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