E-mailing John Kerry about the consumer protection act

Posted on: Wed, 02/18/2004 - 11:30am
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I did the automated e-mailing for MA through [url="http://www.foodallergyinitiative.com"]www.foodallergyinitiative.com[/url] and in response got an automated e-mail from John Kerry's "e-mail address" that he will now be using a web-based e-mail system accessable with a form through his website : kerry.senate.gov and he did not recieve my message.

So I copied and pasted the e-mail the FAA gives you to send and submitted it through his snazzy new e-mail system.

I just thought those of you who would like to e-mail Kerry should know you can no longer do it through the FAA.

For your convenience, I included the FAA e-mail if any of you are interested in e-mailing Kerry now.

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I am writing to respectfully request your support of the Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act.

Over seven million American children and adults suffer from food allergies. Recent studies estimate that each year over 200 Americans die due to the ingestion of allergenic foods and 30,000 receive life-saving treatment in emergency rooms. The good news is that with the government's help, many of these deaths and near-fatal incidents can be prevented.

The only way to avoid a potentially life-threatening food allergic reaction is to avoid the food allergen. Unfortunately, reading ingredient labels is difficult because ingredient statements are written for scientists, not consumers. There are over 30 of terms for milk and over 18 terms for egg. Furthermore, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act exempts natural and artificial flavorings from ingredient labeling requirements. This is dangerous and wrong because these terms may refer to any food, including milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 3:15pm
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The language that is at the FAI website is outdated. Compromise language was agreed to in 2002, and unfortunately, they have never updated the letter to reflect, despite the fact that I pointed out the error to them via e-mail!
Here's an accurate version that Jana R. posted in the thread about supporting FALCPA. You can tailor the first sentence based on whether you are writing to a Senator or Representative, and it's also helpful to add a paragraph of personal information discussing how it affects you (and/or a loved one).
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I am writing to respectfully request your support of the Food Allergen
Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. (H.R. 3684 AND S.741)
Over seven million American children and adults suffer from food allergies,
and approximately 5% of American children have life threatening food
allergies. Recent studies estimate that each year over 200 Americans die
due to the ingestion of allergenic foods and 30,000 receive life-saving
treatment in emergency rooms. The good news is that with the government's
help, many of these deaths and near-fatal incidents can be prevented.
The only way to avoid a potentially life-threatening food allergic reaction
is to avoid the food allergen. Unfortunately, reading ingredient labels is
difficult because ingredient statements are written for scientists, not
consumers. There are over 30 of terms for milk and over 18 terms for egg.
Furthermore, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act exempts natural and artificial
flavorings from ingredient labeling requirements. This is dangerous and
wrong because these terms may refer to any food, including milk, egg,
peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy

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