Have you ever picked up a favorite food and noticed the ingredients label has changed? Does it now include trace amounts of your or your child’s allergic food? Perhaps it now states that it is manufactured on the same equipment as a food containing peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy or wheat. Even trace amounts of these foods can trigger allergic reactions or illness for those with celiac disease.
There is hope. Mr. Dwayne Ratleff has recently filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’) to require food manufacturers to make these label changes more prominent. Even better--his petition has been accepted and approved by the FDA. This means it has been assigned an official docket number and can be supported by the public through comments.
If you like the idea of food manufacturers being required to put an advisory statement such as "Ingredient Information Has Changed" on the primary display panel when a manufacturer adds ingredients from the group of major food allergens such as dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish…then supporting the new petition is easy:
- Just leave a short comment saying, “Great idea!” or provide a longer comment on why you think it is a good idea;
- Here’s the FDA’s Comment Page for the Food Allergy Label Petition: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2010-P-0578-0001
You can also read the full petition from that site by clicking on “view docket folder.”
Please pass this information along to others who may want to comment on the FDA's site.