This is interesting, and I do remember the whole Vermont GMO fiasco. This new allergen regulation is the one "state" regulation I can understand. This is directly correlated to people's health, as a reaction is immediate. We'll probably start seeing a shift in allergen labeling to start including more than just the "big eight", because people seem to be a lot more sensitive to allergens now. Growing up, I knew a couple kids who were allergic to shellfish and one that couldn't eat nuts. However, we never had to have specialized parties where parents weren't allowed to bring certain foods for parties or regulations on students' lunches. Well...that's a different rabbit trail. However, given people's sensitivities, it is probably time we start shifting allergen labeling to include some of the lesser known allergens.
The Vermont GMO thing and Prop 65 both in my opinion were overly ridiculous. I understand wanting to label products to show GMO content so consumers know what they are eating, but the way it was rolled out was pretty ridiculous. Prop 65 is even worse. Regarding the new Illiinois regulations and any state regulations, they know as a manufacturer, you aren't always in control over where your product is used/sold. Especially if you have online presence. Therefore, even if not federally mandated, they know they can try to come at the food manufacturers with these regulations, and many will try to comply. No one wants to pay fines or be subject to worse consequences by not complying with regulations.
Edited by QAGB, 07 August 2019 - 12:02 PM.