Allergen Statement from Cargill Dressings, Sauces and Oils North America
June 23, 2005
SUBJECT: ALLERGENS IN HIGHLY REFINED EDIBLE OILS
The potential causative agents of oil related food allergies are the proteins of the oilseed from
which edible oils (soybean, canola, cottonseed, sunflower, corn, palm, palm kernel, coconut,
peanut) are extracted. These edible oils are then processed through refining, bleaching and
deodorization unit operations. These edible oils described in studies as "highly refined" do not
demonstrate a significant hazard to allergic individuals, as shown in studies using the "gold
standard" for food allergy diagnosis, the double-blind placebo-controlled food challenge.
Additionally, the “Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, Sec. 203, subsection
7, part C.c.1.qq.2.1” under Conforming Amendments, states that highly refined oils are exempted as
major food allergens and thus no petition is needed.
“(1) Section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321) (as amended by section
102(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(qq) The term `major food allergen' means any of the following:
(1) Milk, egg, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, or
shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, or walnuts), wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.
(2) A food ingredient that contains protein derived from a food specified in paragraph (1),
except the following:
1. (A) Any highly refined oil derived from a food specified in paragraph (1) and any ingredient
derived from such highly refined oil.”
Senate Rpt.108-226 states:
“`Highly refined oils' are intended to signify refined, bleached, deodorized (RBD) oils.“
Below, I have listed articles relating to this topic.
Susan L. Hefle, Ph.D. and Steve L. Taylor, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Allergenicity of Edible
Oils, Prepared for: Instiute of Shortening and Edible Oils, Inc., September 1, 1998
Jamie L. Kabourek, M.S., R.D. and Steve L. Taylor, Ph.D., Soyfoods and Allergies: Separating Fact
from Fiction, The Soy Connection, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring, 2003
Melinda K. Doucette
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