Learn how to Handle Food Allergies - What is the food allergen labeling law?
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Host: What is the Food Allergen Labeling Law? Bob Gravani: Well, the Food Allergen Labeling Law is called the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, we call it FALCPA. It is really a law that went into effect January 1st, 2006 and it mandates plain English labeling of the "Big 8" food allergens on food products. Before that, companies provided that information but they may have said something like Sodium Caseinate or Albumin and obviously Sodium Caseinate is a dairy ingredient that might be an offending food for people with a dairy or milk allergy. Albumin is present in eggs and someone may not know that, so with the new labeling regulations, eggs and milk need to be clearly mentioned as well as the other six of the "Big 8" food allergens on food product labels.
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