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Advocacy Update: Congress Reintroduces Bill on Sesame Labeling and Food Allergy Research


Advocacy Action Alert! On March 3, 2021, the Senate passed the recently reintroduced FASTER Act (S. 578). This means the FASTER Act is back on track to becoming law, helping to protect millions of Americans living with food allergies.

Sesame is also closer to being added to the list of major allergens. It would not be part of this bill without AAFA's work.

We thank Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) for introducing the FASTER Act in the Senate and for working to get it passed quickly.

We also thank our community members, fellow food allergy groups, and our team for leading advocacy efforts to make sure the FASTER Act finally becomes law in 2021.

Now the FASTER Act (H.R. 1202) needs to pass in the House. Keep contacting your representatives. Use our simple tool at the bottom of this blog post to ask your representative to support the FASTER Act in the House.

On Feb. 22, 2021, the House representatives reintroduced the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R.1202).

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has led advocacy efforts asking for required sesame labeling for years. (Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of AAFA.)

If passed, the FASTER Act would recognize sesame as the ninth food allergen by law. This would require food companies to label sesame as an allergen on food and beverage products, just like the other top 8 food allergens.

The bill also directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to analyze current food allergy research. They would report on where resources should be directed to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of food allergies.

This is not the first time this bill has been introduced. Two versions of the FASTER Act passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the end of 2020. But because the bills were slightly different, lawmakers ran out of time to pass the same version of the bill in both chambers.

Thank you to Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) for reintroducing the FASTER Act this year. Now, we need your help to make sure the FASTER Act is signed into law.

Ask your legislators to support the FASTER Act and to co-sponsor this critical bipartisan bill. Use our tool below to send an email to your representative. You can also choose to post your message on Twitter. Just follow the steps:

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