2021 Faster Act: Bakers’ Priority Remains Consumer Safety

The American Bakers Association (ABA) sent a letter to Congress regarding the commercial baking industry’s implementation of and compliance with the 2021 Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act.  

The Faster Act: Prioritizing Safety

We’re nearly five months into the implementation of the FASTER Act, and the baking industry’s priority remains the allergic community’s safety. We strongly support the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidance for consumers to always read ingredient labels and to check with the manufacturer if they are unsure whether a food product contains specific ingredients.

Open Sesame, Just Not for Me

The FASTER Act expands the definition of a “major food allergen” for purposes of certain food-labeling requirements to specifically include sesame. In effect, the law makes sesame the ninth major allergen here in the United States, requiring that packaging be labeled when the food contains sesame as an ingredient.