Joe Biden signed a new law that makes sesame the latest “major food allergen,” Self reports. The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act of 2021 makes sesame’s status as a “major food allergen,” a law and requires it to be clearly labeled on products.

The law also includes research and regulation funding for food allergens. Sesame joins the eight other existing allergens: eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, tree nuts (almonds and walnuts), peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. These foods are responsible for 90% of documented food allergies.

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“Today is a wonderful day for food allergy families like mine,” said Talia Day, a mother of two children who are allergic to sesame and a fierce advocate for passage of the FASTER Act in a statement released by FARE, the world’s leading non-governmental organization engaged in food allergy advocacy and the largest private funder of food allergy research. “With President Biden signing the FASTER Act into law today, no longer will I have to live in fear that my children could accidentally eat something that would kill them simply because it was not included on a food label. I thank President Biden for signing this much-needed bill into law.”

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1.6 million Americans are allergic to sesame, according to FARE. Previous to this law, sesame could be described on labels as “spices,” or “natural flavors,” making the labels a dangerous opportunity for someone with a deadly allergy. Labels will need to include sesame by January 1, 2023.

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