FDA Issues Guidance on Food Allergen Labeling Exemptions

June 18, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance to help food manufacturers provide adequate data to support exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens.

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that food labels identify products containing major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans).

But food manufacturers may be able to modify an ingredient derived from a major food allergen so that it no longer presents a risk to food-allergic consumers. These modifications may provide consumers who have a specific allergy with more foods to choose from, without fear of inducing an allergic reaction.