Food Labeling for Peanut and Tree Nut Allergens Petition
We, the undersigned, seek your support to change the labeling laws for food products which have come into contact with Peanuts or Tree Nut products. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act was signed into law January 4, 2011 by President Obama. The law directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to develop voluntary food allergy guidelines to prevent exposure to food allergens and assure a prompt response when a child suffers a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction. The guidelines must be developed and made available within one year of enactment of the law. The legislation also provides for incentive grants to local educational agencies to assist with adoption and implementation of food allergy guidelines in public schools. We believe that while this legislation brings the issue to light, it is not enough to truly protect those who live with peanut and tree nut allergies. • We believe that the labeling requirements need to be more specific and clear. • We argue that food labels should look the same when a peanut or tree nut has come into contact with the product or any of the ingredients/machinery along the path that food has taken. • The language of the label should be simple, clear, and standardized. Your petitioners urge you to support these recommendations for food labeling.