If you or someone in your household is allergic to Sesame, an important change is taking place to help you quickly identify foods that contain Sesame. As of January 1, 2023, sesame is required to be labeled as an allergen on packaged foods, including dietary supplements. Sesame joins eight other foods already declared as major food allergens by federal law.
The nine major food allergens are:
- Fish, such as bass & flounder
- Crustacean shellfish, such as crab & lobster
- Tree nuts, such as almonds & walnuts
IMPORTANT NOTE Even though the requirement that sesame be listed on the label as an allergen is in effect as of January 1, 2023, you still may find food products for sale that don’t list sesame as an allergen on the label. The law establishing this sesame labeling does not require food products that were already on their way to the store or in stock before 2023 to list sesame as an allergen on the label. Therefore, these food products do not need to be removed from the marketplace or relabeled to declare sesame as an allergen.
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