PLEASE E-MAIL, CALL OR FAX YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES IN SUPPORT OF LABELING BILL

Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2002 - 4:58am
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I received the following message from our friends at the Center For Science and the Public Interest. Please show your support today!!

Greetings,

Due to pressure from people like you, a key Senate
Committee approved the Food-Allergy bill last month,
and there's still time this year for the House of
Representatives
to approve the bill when this Congress reconvenes
after
the November elections. Tell your Representative to
support Nita M. Lowey's bill that would require food
labels to list allergens in plain English. 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. Help fight the food
industry lobbyists trying to kill the legislation.
Take prompt action and urge your Representative to
support the legislation.

You can take action on this alert either via email
(please see directions below) or via the web at:

[url="http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/allergybill3/iwbdxb2v78xkt7"]http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/allergybill3/iwbdxb2v78xkt7[/url]

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about
this.

[url="http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/allergybill3/forward/iwbdxb2v78xkt7"]http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/allergybill3/forward/iwbdxb2v78xkt7[/url]

We encourage you to take action by December 22, 2002

Background Information

Representative Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) needs the support
of her colleagues to have the House of Representatives
pass her food-allergy legislation. It would require
food labels to list major allergens - including
closing
the current loophole that permits allergens in spices,
flavorings and colorings to go undisclosed - in plain
English. 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.

Rep. Lowey's bill - which she will introduce when
Congress
resumes its work after the election - is identical
to the food allergy bill the Senate Committee on
Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions unanimously approved
on September 25. The House of Representatives will
have to approve whatever bill the full Senate approves
before the bill can go to President Bush for his
signature.

The food industry is trying to kill this legislation.
We fear that its lobbyists are swarming around your
and other Representatives and barraging them with
letters.

This legislation has been endorsed by the physicians
who treat patients with food allergies and belong to
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
or the American College of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology.

Urge the House of Representatives to Make Food Safer
for Americans with Food Allergies!

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to a web browser, you can take
action
on this alert by going to the following URL:

[url="http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/allergybill3/iwbdxb2v78xkt7"]http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/allergybill3/iwbdxb2v78xkt7[/url]

MODEL LETTER:
Dear [decision maker name inserted
here],

As one of your constituents, I urge you to cosponsor
Representative Nita M. Lowey's new bill, the Food
Allergen
Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. Her bill - which
she will introduce when Congress returns to Washington
in November after the election - is identical to the
version of S. 2499 that the Senate Committee on
Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions unanimously approved
on September 25 and reported to the Senate on October
17.

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.

Contrary to the recent claims of the food industry,
its voluntary allergen guidelines are not now being
followed by many major food companies. A July 2
article
in the New York Times reported that seven food
companies
- 4C, Fleischmann, Heinz, Keebler, Kraft, Pillsbury,
and Ronzini - are still not listing major allergens
by their common name, listing "semolina" rather than
"wheat" or listing "sodium caseinate" or "whey"
without
indicating those are milk products.

This legislation has been endorsed by physicians who
treat patients with food allergies and belong to the
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
or the American College of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology.

Representative Lowey's bill would require companies
to list the major allergens (including those in
spices,
flavorings, and colorings) by their common English
names. The bill would also require the Centers for
Disease Control to establish a system for tracking
food allergy-related deaths. The bill directs the
Secretary
of Health and Human Services to commission a study
by the Institute of Medicine on celiac disease and
to use this study to issue regulations defining and
permitting the use of the term "gluten free" on food
labels. Finally, the bill directs the Secretary to
provide technical assistance relating to trauma care
and emergency medical services on the use of different
modes of treatment with respect to responding to
allergic
responses to foods and also to support guidelines on
preparing allergen-free foods in restaurants, grocery
store delicatessens and bakeries, and school
cafeterias.

I urge you to cosponsor and vote for this important
public health legislation.

Sincerely,

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 5:20am
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The New York Times published an op-ed piece on this topic on Monday. Here is the link:
[url="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/02/opinion/02MON2.html?ex=1055551391&ei=1&en=d409c0f06dead23c"]http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/02/opinion/02MON2.html?ex=1055551391&ei=1&en=d409c0f06dead23c[/url]

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