FDA takes first step to labeling food for sesame allergy

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By Maggie Fox

The Food and Drug Administration took its first step Monday to requiring food labels to warn people if a product contains sesame.

The agency is considering adding sesame to its current list of eight common food allergens, which include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

“Unfortunately, we’re beginning to see evidence that sesame allergies may be a growing concern in the U.S.,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

“A handful of studies, for example, suggest that the prevalence of sesame allergies in the U.S. is more than 0.1 percent, on par with allergies to soy and fish.”