Can I Trust the Label on My Food?

What Does the FDA Require in Order for a Product to Be Exempt?
FALCPA states that any person can petition the Secretary of Health and Human Services for an exemption either through a petition process or a notification process.
 
The petition process requires scientific evidence (including the analytical method used to produce the evidence) that demonstrates that such food ingredient, as derived by the method specified in the petition, does not cause an allergic response that poses a risk to human health.
 
The notification process must include scientific evidence (including the analytical method used) that demonstrates that the food ingredient (as derived by the production method specified in the notification) does not contain allergenic protein.
 
If either the petition or the notification is granted by the Secretary, the result is that the ingredient in question is not considered a "major food allergen," and is not subject to the labeling requirements.
 
How Will the FDA Make Sure Food Manufacturers Adhere to the New Labeling Regulations?
As a part of its routine regulatory functions, the FDA inspects a variety of packaged foods to ensure that they are properly labeled.
 
What Is Cross-Contact?
Cross-contact is the inadvertent introduction of an allergen into a product. It is generally the result of environmental exposure during processing or handling, which may occur when multiple foods are produced in the same facility. It may occur:
 
  • Due to use of the same processing line
  • Through the misuse of rework
  • As the result of ineffective cleaning
  • From the generation of dust or aerosols containing an allergen.
     
Are Mislabeled Food Products Removed From the Market?
Yes. A food product that contains an undeclared allergen may be subject to recall. In addition, a food product that is not properly labeled may be misbranded, subject to seizure, and removed from the marketplace.
 
The number of recalls due to undeclared allergens (eight of the most common allergens only) remained steady between 1999 and 2001. In 2002, recall actions nearly doubled, rising from 68 to 116. This rise may be attributed to the increased awareness of food allergies among consumers and manufacturers and increased attention from FDA inspectors to issues related to food allergy in manufacturing plants.
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