FDA targets snack foods industry over allergens

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:883
  1. Debbie Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is stepping up its drive to improve labelling of snack foods that contain allergens after a study found undisclosed traces of peanuts in a quarter of all snacks tested.

    About seven million Americans are estimated to have food allergies, and they rely on product labels to avoid ingredients that could trigger an anaphylactic reaction. Roughly half the 30000 annual emergency room admissions for food allergies are due to peanuts, and about 200 people a year die of anaphylaxis from food allergies. Even trace …

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