Don't Let Manufacturers Lie on Ingredient Lists

Don't Let Manufacturers Lie on Ingredient Lists

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Lise Broer started this petition to Food and Drug Administration

The FDA made a new policy that lets food ingredient labels lie to people.
Make them cancel that policy!

The agency slipped in the announcement on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend 2020 with no public comment. It allows manufacturers to omit ingredients and substitute ingredients without updating food ingredient labels. 

This is terrible news to people with serious medical conditions. Now the agency responsible for a safe food supply is putting people at risk during the middle of a pandemic. 

Although the agency claims that food allergens won't be affected, the new muddled announcement contradicts the FDA's own previous public statements and leaves consumers in the dark about whether "Made in a factory free from" allergen statements will still be true.

The new policy also endangers the people whose allergies are unregulated. More than 160 foods are known to cause life threatening anaphylaxis; only 8 of those allergens get specific protection under US federal law.

Don't let the government treat us as acceptable casualties.

Under the new FDA policy, *any* processed food can have undisclosed substitutions with unregulated allergens. The FDA's own policy announcement says it's OK to substitute rice flour and sunflower oil--even though both rice and sunflower oil can cause life threatening reactions in people with rice allergy and sunflower allergy. Those are just two examples; people with red meat allergy or life threatening allergies to spices, vegetables, and fruits are also endangered.

Reading the fine print is no longer enough!

And the FDA's new announcement says they're already considering making this permanent.

PUSH BACK AGAINST THIS INSANE POLICY AND MAKE THE FDA WITHDRAW IT.

If you or a friend or family have a life threatening food allergy, please sign and share this petition.

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What else you can do:

Submit electronic comments to https://www.regulations.gov

Use title "FDA Announces Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic"
Docket Number: FDA-2020-D-1139.

Or by snail mail:
Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane,
Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

Contact your Congressional Representative:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Contact your Senators:
https://www.senate.gov/senators/How_to_correspond_senators.htm
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References:

A reader friendly summary from SnackSafely:
https://snacksafely.com/2020/05/the-fda-has-relaxed-labeling-requirements-under-covid-19-what-it-means-for-the-food-allergy-community/?fbclid=IwAR244CKnfqEG2tPkMxsMsYGC6a0bbsZI6Ac4x5mdkpTPxJRuE814_QAHV0Y

Official new FDA announcement (with downloadable PDF):
https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-announces-temporary-flexibility-policy-regarding-certain-labeling-requirements-foods-humans?fbclid=IwAR2M9iD-Qv6k7Y2pDspjgsoDNbZA7no996ktbf16TUz7ys6RtPVN3Hce0Vo

Previous FDA statement from September 2018: more than 160 foods are known allergens
https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-food-allergies

Reputable medical literature from the NIH database of life threatening reactions to rice.
Anaphylaxis from ingesting rice:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22205234/?from_term=rice+anaphylaxis&from_pos=2
Anaphylactoid reaction from rice:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1432472/?from_term=rice+anaphylaxis&from_pos=8

A board certified allergist's opinion on sunflower oil allergen dangers:
https://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/ask-the-allergist-can-a-child-with-a-sunflower-seed-allergy-have-sunflower-oil

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