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Posted 27 April 2021 - 05:00 PM

Sesame has been signed into law as the 9th Major US Allergen.  This is the first new addition to the list since it came out in 2004.  Labels need to be changed by January 1st, 2023.

 

https://www.winsight...aged-foods-2023



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Posted 27 April 2021 - 06:54 PM

FINALLY!


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Posted 27 April 2021 - 08:54 PM

By definition, do we now have to control sesame for cross-contact?



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Posted 27 April 2021 - 08:58 PM

By definition, do we now have to control sesame for cross-contact?

 

If it's part of the big 9 allergens , then yes. 


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Posted 27 April 2021 - 09:01 PM

I presumed so as well. Every article I'm seeing only mentions labeling, but by regulatory definition I believe it would have to be treated as an allergen. Boy, do I have my work cut out for me with this one  :secret:



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Posted 28 April 2021 - 11:36 AM

FINALLY!

Have you heard anything about sesame oil? Are they considering this similar to soybean oil or something we need to control for cross contact?



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Posted 28 April 2021 - 12:58 PM

Huh, I'm kind of surprised they didn't just add all the additional ones Canada has that we don't.



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Posted 28 April 2021 - 01:15 PM

kromNE, that exemption isn't specific to soybean, any highly refined oil containing no allergenic protein is not considered an allergen. So, it would depend on the oil itself, our current refined sesame oil is specified as allergenic from the supplier. 

 

TimG, I think it's a matter of time, this is like opening a can of worms. Part of FARE is that the US will be monitoring prevalence of the different food allergies. It's about time! 






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