Food industry reacts to allergen bill

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reported this week
that the Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Committee
has postponed its review of a bill (S. 2499) that the IDFA and
other food groups feel could impose unnecessary regulations on food
allergen labelling.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reported this week that the Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Committee has postponed its review of a bill (S. 2499) that the IDFA and other food groups feel could impose unnecessary regulations on food allergen labelling.

The committee's review was set for July 31, but has now been postponed until Congress returns to Washington, after Labour Day.

According to a statement the IDFA​will continue its work on Capitol Hill to explain the ongoing industry efforts to implement easy-to-read language about allergenic ingredients on food labels for consumers and how S. 2499 would overlap with current Food and Drug Administration authority.

"We believe the food allergen labelling provisions of S. 2499 are duplicative, costly, impracticable and unmanageable, while directly undermining the effective and cooperative efforts currently underway to improve food allergen management and labelling,"​ said a letter to the committee from a group of producers in support of the food industry's plan on allergen labelling.

The letter was signed by the National Milk Producers Federation, the American Farm Bureau, National Association of Wheat Growers, United Egg Producers, American Soybean Association, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association and the George Peanut Commission.

The food allergen legislation was introduced in May by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality, Policy

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