Food Label Modernization Legislation

The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 (FLMA) was introduced into both houses of Congress on August 4, 2021. Call your Congress Member or send them a message today about this important legislation.

The FLMA was introduced to help clarify and improve upon the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Prior to 2004, companies did not have to disclose in plain language any allergens in their products. It was difficult to tell if an allergen was in a portion of processed food. The lack of clarity was especially dangerous for those with anaphylactic-type reactions.

Now, manufacturers have to disclose the top 8 allergens in their foods. The top 8 allergens are milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

Notice that only wheat has to be disclosed and not barley or rye. Barley and rye are gluten-containing grains.

Gluten-free was also clearly defined. Before a manufacturer could label any product gluten-free without any standards.

Not requiring disclosure of barley and rye can cause major damage to those with celiac disease. Also, often barley and rye can be hidden as part of other ingredients.

The FLMA will require disclosure of barley and rye as allergens. It also does other good things too, but this is the most important to us!

Here is a link to a PDF of the text of the bill if you are interested.

Here is where you can find information about your members of elected legislators. Call and write both your Senators and Congress member to get them to commit to supporting this bill. TODAY!!

Maybe talk to them about the Gluten in Medication Act as well. My Congressmembers have all already confirmed support for this bill. Here is more information about that bill.

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