Tell the FDA: Corn Needs to be Included in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act
Unlabeled Corn Allergens in food and medicine threaten the health and general safety of many Americans. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) has made it much easier to to avoid any of the eight allergens the FDA refers to as the "Most Common Allergens," but it is in need of a revision. Those allergens currently included in the FALCPA are: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree nuts, Soy, Wheat, Fish, and Shellfish.
Corn Allergens are not required to be labeled, and may be hidden under the name of Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherols, "Natural Flavors," and many other ingredients.
When there are ingredients in a product that are derived from Corn, it should be a requirement to list their source, just as it is for the other common allergens.
We need more information to make clear, healthy choices for ourselves and our family.
- FDA Commissioner
Dr. Margaret Hamburg
- Executive Director at Food Allergy Initiative
Mary Jane Marchisotto
- FAAN - Marketing and Media Contact
This petition is submitted for your review, of and by, concerned consumers who reside in and travel throughout the U.S.
We seek better, more inclusive labeling laws, specifically as it relates to Corn or ingredients derived from Corn, contained in food, products, and medicine.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) has made it much easier to to avoid any of the eight allergens the FDA refers to as the "Most Common Allergens", but it is in need of a revision. Corn is one of the most difficult allergens to avoid because of the many ways Corn is used in various source ingredients (i.e. Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherols, etc), sometimes even under the name "Natural Flavors."
Medical professionals are at risk of endangering their patients with IVs or injections that contain Dextrose, not aware, or in too much of a hurry to relate that ingredient with a Corn Allergy. Doctors, nurses, dentists, and others in the field of medicine are all in a position where they need medications clearly labeled for Allergens, Corn included.
This petition is to request Corn be included in the list of allergens required by the FDA (FALCPA) to be listed by it's "common or usual name" (i.e. Corn).
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