Lowey And Kennedy Introduce Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 2:13am
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pHooray! Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Senator Edward Kennedy are introducing a bill entitled the "Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act" sometime this week. The bill contains the following provisions:/p
p1. Manufacturers shall label all foods that intentionally contain a "known food allergen" (i.e. milk, egg, fish, crustacea, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts or soy beans) in bold, easy to read type using the common or usual name of the food allergen. This requirement shall also apply to spices, flavorings, colorings or incidental additives that are, or contain, a known food allergen. /p
p2. Manufacturers shall follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that minimize, to the extent practicable, the unintentional presence of allergens in food. Manufacturers will not be permitted to use "may contain" labels unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that the required GMPs will not eliminate the unintentional presence of a known food allergen. /p
p3. Manufacturers whose gross sales are $500,000 or more shall include toll-free telephone numbers (staffed during reasonable business hours) on their labels. Manufacturers whose gross sales are less than $500,000 shall include their mailing addresses or Internet sites on their labels. /p
p4. Manufacturers who fail to conform to these requirements shall be subject to civil penalties. /p
p5. The Centers for Disease Control shall gather data on food-related allergic responses./p
p6. The National Institutes of Health shall convene a panel of experts to develop a plan for coordinating food allergy research. /p
p7. The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall develop recommendations on:br /
-training emergency response technicians to administer epinephrine autoinjectors and the need to maintain these devices on emergency vehiclesbr /
-preparing allergen-free foods in restaurants and schools./p
pIf there ever was a time to "Take Action," it is now! Please write to your Senators and House Representatives and demand that they support this important, life-saving legislation. Please do it today! /p
p[This message has been edited by Colleen's Mom (edited May 10, 2002).]/p

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 2:35am
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Please post the bill numbers when issued-
HBXXX or SBXXX so I can cite in correspondence. Thx.

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 3:35am
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This is great news! Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 8:24am
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H. R. 5532 (106th Congress)

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 9:42am
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Just remember when you vote...the ADA bill was sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa, a Democrat and now this bill is sponsored by Democrats.
(Sorry...couldn't help it. My husband is a Republican and we fight all the time.)

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 11:43pm
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Cathlina,
You last post made me laugh! My best friend comes from a serious, politically active democratic family, and is a die hard democrat herself. She married a lovely man, who is a *GASP* republican. She was afraid to tell her family, but I assured her that this wasn't really a scandal, it can happen in the "best of families" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]! The political debates sure are lively in their house.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 05/10/2002 - 12:50am
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I just received the following message from Congresswoman Lowey's Legislative Aide:
"I will have the House and Senate bills numbers sometime next week. The
bill
was just introduced yesterday, and it takes a day or two before we get a
#.
Thanks for offering to help move the bill. The best thing to do is
encourage friends to write their representatives and senators asking for
their support of the bill."
I'll continue to keep everyone posted!

Posted on: Fri, 05/10/2002 - 1:09am
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I've written to all the reps from Minnesota and sent the word on for others to do so. Let's make this happen! Lisa

Posted on: Fri, 05/10/2002 - 8:42am
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Amy,
I am not allowed to discuss politics at my husband's family's house. (Yep...all Republicans, too.)
But, at my parent's house, we take jabs whenever possible. HA!
Everyone please e-mail Senator Harkin from Iowa. He is one vote we can get on this bill. Senator Kennedy has a nephew who is allergic to peanuts...I think it is one of Bobby Kennedy's kids.

Posted on: Wed, 05/15/2002 - 4:52am
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The Food Allergen Consumer Protection can now be found on
Thomas: [url="http://thomas.loc.gov/"]http://thomas.loc.gov/[/url]
The bill # is HR 4704 on the House side and S2499 on the Senate side.
Here is a sample letter as suggested by our friends at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. I STRONGLY encourage you to personalize the sample letter by incorporating your own experiences as a food-allergic consumer or the parent of a food-allergic child. An individualized letter is worth ten mass-produced letters. Also, as CSPI points out, while an e-mail to your Senators or House Representative is good, an "ordinary mail" letter is better. The bill needs bipartisan support to pass, so I urge you to write your own ordinary mail letter as soon as you can:
Dear Senator/Representative _____:
I urge you to cosponsor S. 2499/HR 4704, the Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act. Millions of Americans have food allergies, and each year about 150 people in the United States die from anaphylactic shock caused by a food allergy.
Most children who have food allergies have their first exposure to allergens in their homes. A 2000 survey conducted jointly by the Food and Drug Administration, Minnesota, and Wisconsin found that one-quarter of the bakery products, candy, and ice cream sampled were contaminated with peanut or egg ingredients that were not declared on the product labels.
S. 2499/HR 4704 (introduced by Senator Kennedy/Representative Lowey on May 7, 2002) would require companies to list the major allergens (including those in spices, flavorings, and colorings) by their common English names in a more readable format and to include a telephone number on the label that consumers could call for more information. The legislation would also require manufacturers to better prevent cross-contact between products made in the same facility or on the same production line and would permit them to indicate on labels that the food may contain allergens when the possibility of contamination cannot be totally excluded. The bill would also allow the Food and Drug Administration to assess penalties against firms that violate the food allergen requirements and require the Centers for Disease Control to establish a system for tracking food allergy-related deaths. Finally, the bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations on training emergency medical technicians with respect to administering epinephrine and the need for emergency vehicles to carry such devices, to support activities to increase awareness of guidelines aimed at training restaurant employees on preparing allergen-free foods, and to develop recommendations for schools on how to prepare allergen-free foods.
I urge you to cosponsor this important public health legislation.
Sincerely,
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[This message has been edited by Colleen's Mom (edited May 15, 2002).]
[This message has been edited by Colleen's Mom (edited May 17, 2002).]

Posted on: Wed, 05/15/2002 - 10:13am
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Colleen's Mom,
Thanks for the info.
I'll be sending my letters out right away. I will also email this info to all my family and friends.
B's Mom

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