Support the Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act

Posted on: Fri, 09/19/2003 - 6:38am
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This bill would require that manufacturers label the main eight food allergens in common language; close the food additive loophole; and require better measures to prevent cross-contamination among other measures. A show of online support is automatically sent to your Senators and Representatives. Please show your support.

Go to [url="http://www.foodallergyinitiative.org"]www.foodallergyinitiative.org[/url]
Click on Labeling

Posted on: Fri, 09/19/2003 - 6:40am
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Sorry clicked the wrong thing.
So, go to [url="http://www.foodallergyinitiative.org"]www.foodallergyinitiative.org[/url]
Click on Labeling
At the bottom of the screen click Show You Concern.
A window opens. Fill your info in and send.
They show you a list of your Senators and Reps it's been e-mailed to.
It's a great idea. Saves lives. Please pass it along.

Posted on: Fri, 09/19/2003 - 11:18am
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sillyfeline, just emailed my reps. and will ask my family and friends to do the same. Thanks for showing us the link.

Posted on: Mon, 09/29/2003 - 2:20am
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Thanks for the info. I used the site to voice my concern. I hope more people will support the FOOD ALLERGEN CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT. It is so important to our allergic loved ones.

Posted on: Tue, 09/30/2003 - 2:33am
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I sent my email last night and recieved a call this morning and was patched through to my congressman and asked them to please support the act!! Awesome! I'm asking my friends and family to do the same!
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Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2003 - 6:44am
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Sillyfeline...thanks for making us all aware of this...I have spoke with Scott from food allergy initiative the past 3 days....they are Really need people from Texas to write letters as congressman Tom Delay is majority leader and can hold alot of power with this....send them your letter to congressman Tom Delay with a business letter head (this looks more official and shows these are not bogus letters) via Fax at 1-888-891-4142 they are running out of time and would like them by tommorrow!!!
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Posted on: Tue, 10/07/2003 - 5:22am
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The Food Allergy Initiative has posted the following Legislative Action Alert at their site.
Legislative Action Alert
Residents of Illinois, South Carolina, Texas, Missouri, and Florida
You can help us deliver a message to House Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Congressman Tom Delay (R-TX), Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congress Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) asking them to support the

Posted on: Tue, 12/16/2003 - 8:10am
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As of December 8th, 2003, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) has been reintroduced by Nita Lowey as H.R. 3684.
The companion Senate bill introduced by Judd Gregg is S.741, known as the Minor Use Minor Species Animal Health Act (the FALCPA is a rider on the bill called 'Title II').
Please contact your representative and senators today and ask for their support for this bill.
Jim

Posted on: Sun, 01/18/2004 - 4:56pm
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For those that haven't had a chance to wade through the text of the legislation, I found a review of the legislation by a law firm in Washington DC that was made available to some of the food association groups (e.g. the National Frozen Pizza Institute).
[url="http://www.affi.com/nfpi/pubpol/mtfoodallergen.pdf"]http://www.affi.com/nfpi/pubpol/mtfoodallergen.pdf[/url]
Looks like a pretty good recap to me.
I'd post it, but it's got footnotes and the like, so it would a bit difficult to make it readable here. Here's one of the times where I wish we had the ability to store attachments at PA.com [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Anyway, check it out. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/06/2004 - 1:52pm
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The email notification is a great way to get them to see numbers. Here

Posted on: Sun, 02/08/2004 - 2:31pm
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Lauren,
Unfortunately, you can't do attachments here at PA.com.
However, I saw the post for this over at POFAK and it's a pretty cool idea.
Here's another suggestion for your consideration. Could you possibly speak to Jana R. and see if you could post the stuff on the Seattle FEAST website?
Then you could share the link here, so those interested in pursuing could have access to all the info over at the Seattle FEAST site.

Posted on: Mon, 02/09/2004 - 6:32am
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I have temporarily made a webpage to include this file. I was hoping to build a free page that was simple to view but it's a Yahoogroup so you'll have to join this group before accessing it but I set it so I don't have to approve anyone joining. Just send e-mail to [email]foodconcerns2-subscribe@yahoogroups.com[/email] or go to
[url="http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/foodconcerns2/"]http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/foodconcerns2/[/url] and click on "join this group" and I think you'll automatically be able to view the "files" section (left sidebar).
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Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 7:27am
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Just another reminder if you haven

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 3:17am
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I wanted to share the link to the report aired last night at our local TV station

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 6:42am
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Linking to the earlier thread started on Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum23/HTML/000123-2.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum23/HTML/000123-2.html[/url]
Suggest we use this one (not the linked thread) going forward. There will be lots to report soon!
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Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 7:36am
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The HELP Committee has finally issued the official committee report on FALCPA to the full Senate, and it is now waiting to be scheduled for a full vote. [b]Expect this to happen soon![/b]
A member of another food allergy support group has been in communications with a contact in Sen. Gregg's office, and as soon as the date for the vote is known, we'll report it here.
[b]In the meantime, it is vital that you contact your representatives and senators again. If you wish to write, suggest you use the template info provided by Jana R. above.
Do not use the Food Allergy Initiative website template, as it is outdated, and doesn't reflect some of the compromise language changes. If you can call your legislator's office, that's even better![/b]
In the Senate, each Senator is formulating their position so they can vote. Don't let the food industry lobbyists be the only one contacting your Senator. Call their Washington office and ask to speak to the legislative analyst who is responsible for Health legislation.
In the House, the bill continues to sit in the Subcommittee for Health, so the key is to get enough interest so that they will review the legislation and move it out of committee to the full House for consideration.
It has been reported here (as well as at other food allergy support sites) that Rep's and Senator's offices are indicating that very few people have called about this issue!
Democracy works when we voice our concerns to those that we elect to office, and hold them accountable for representing us.
Check the list of co-sponsors of S741 here:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:S741:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:S741:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors[/url]
Here is the list of current co-sponsors for HR3684:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors[/url]
[i]I urge you to prioritize this and make contact. Time is short, and your voice is important to the process.[/i]
I continue to refer to the quote made a few years ago by Jack Welsh, former CEO at General Electric - [i]Control your destiny...or someone else will.[/i]
Then, tell your kids or other loved ones (and yourself) that you took the time to make a fundamental difference in the lives of those with food allergies.
If you have an update to share re:contact with your legislator, please post it here, and also let Jim know at [email]allergies@shamrockbay.com[/email] , so he can update the list of supporters.
Thanks in advance for your efforts to improve the safety of those with food allergies! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/20/2004 - 3:37pm
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Here's a link to the HELP Committee report to the full Senate.
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=sr226&dbname=cp108&"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=sr226&dbname=cp108&[/url]
For those that don't wish to slog through the entire report (remember, only Title 2 of this bill relates to Food Allergen Labeling, whereas in the House, FALCPA is a stand-alone bill), below is the section that articulates the Committee's view re:the need for food allergen legislation.
FFDCA = Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetics Act
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IV. EXPLANATION OF BILL AND COMMITTEE VIEWS
[i]Requirement of plain English labeling of the eight major food allergens[/i]
The legislation amends section 201 of the FFDCA to define the term `major food allergen.' It is defined to mean the eight most significant food allergens--milk, egg, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, or shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, or walnuts), wheat, peanuts, and soybeans--and any food that contains protein derived from one of these eight food allergens (except for highly refined oils, ingredients derived from highly refined oils, and other food ingredients that are exempt under the legislation). Fish, Crustacean shellfish, and tree nuts are collective names that include a variety of different items. For example, the term `tree nuts' refers to a variety of individual nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. The term `Crustacean shellfish' refers to crabs, crawfish/crayfish, lobster, prawns, and shrimp. The term `fish' refers to a variety of different species of fish.
The committee has provided that food ingredients containing protein derived from milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, or soybeans may nevertheless be excluded from the definition of `major food allergen' under one of three exceptions. First, highly refined oils and ingredients derived from highly refined oils are excluded from the definition of `major food allergen.' `Highly refined oils' are intended to signify refined, bleached, deodorized (RBD) oils. The committee notes, however, that the legislation does not change the common or usual name of highly refined oils; that is, highly refined oils would still be required to be identified by their common and usual name in the ingredient list, e.g., `peanut oil.' Second, the committee has also excluded from the definition of `major food allergen' food ingredients for which the Secretary has determined, based on scientific evidence presented in a petition, that the food ingredient does not cause an allergic response that pose a risk to human health.
Finally, the committee has provided for a notification process to exclude from the definition of a major food allergen those food ingredients that contain protein derived from one of the major eight protein sources but do not contain the allergenic protein and for food ingredients for which the Secretary has previously made a determination that the use of the ingredient does not cause an allergic response that poses a risk to human health under a premarket approval or notification program under section 409 of the FFDCA. The committee recognizes that the GRAS notification process is not included as part of this exception. The committee encourages FDA to adopt a reasonable standard for determining whether a food ingredient `does not contain an allergenic protein.' For example, while the committee recognizes that thresholds for the major eight allergens have not yet been established by the scientific community, if they are established, ingredients containing allergenic proteins below the established threshold would be eligible for the notification procedure.
The committee intends that the Secretary will provide guidance to industry on the information that would be useful for making a determination that foods that contain protein derived from one of the eight food allergens do not cause an allergic response that poses a risk to human health. The committee also intends that the Secretary provide an appropriate process for providing such information to the Secretary that minimizes the burden on the food manufacturer.
The legislation requires FDA to post the petitions and notifications for exemption from allergen labeling to a public site as well as FDA's responses to such petitions and notifications. In instances when FDA concludes that a notification or petition has provided data demonstrating that the food ingredient should be exempt from the definition of `major food allergen,' the exemption will apply to any product bearing or containing the ingredient under the same conditions of use described in the notification or petition.
The legislation also amends section 403 of the FFDCA to provide two new misbranding provisions. The first of these, section 403(w), requires that the eight major food allergens be labeled on foods that are not raw agricultural products. Under section 403(w), manufacturers will have two options as to how they must label the eight major food allergens on such foods. Under either plain English allergen labeling option, the term for a major food allergen--milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, or, in the case of the collective terms `fish,' `Crustacean shellfish,' or `tree nuts,' the common or usual name for the relevant specific members of the class, such as `cod,' `shrimp,' or `almond'--will appear in the food label if the food is, or it bears or contains, a major food allergen as defined in section 201(qq). These plain English allergen labeling requirements apply only to foods for which an ingredient list is required in a label or labeling under the FFDCA.
Manufacturers may choose to summarize the allergen information using the terms for the major food allergens from which any ingredients in the food are derived in a statement at the end of, or immediately adjacent to, the ingredient list. This information must appear in a type size no smaller than the type size used in the ingredient list.
Alternatively, manufacturers may place the term for the appropriate major food allergen in parentheses within the ingredient list after the common or usual name of the ingredient derived from that major food allergen. There are two exceptions to this requirement. First, the listing of the term for the food allergen is not required to appear in parentheses after an ingredient name if the ingredient name uses the term for the major food allergen (for example, `milk' need not appear in parentheses after `milk' or `milk by-product,' nor need `almond' appear after `almond'). Second, the term for a food allergen need not be placed after an ingredient if the term for that food allergen appears elsewhere in the ingredient list; the food allergen term need only appear once in the ingredient statement, unless the name of the food source that appears elsewhere in the ingredient list appears as part of the name of a food ingredient that is excluded from the definition of a major food allergen. For example, if a food contained highly refined peanut oil and a natural flavoring containing peanut as a constituent, the term `peanut' would have to appear in parentheses after `natural flavoring' in the ingredient list, because peanut oil is not a `major food allergen' under this legislation.
These two options can be illustrated by an example. If a food were to have as ingredients semolina, rice flour, rolled oats, pine nuts, tomato juice, whey, sodium caseinate, and natural flavoring, with the natural flavoring including peanuts as a constituent, the major food allergens in the food could be labeled in two ways. First, the following statement could appear at the end of, or immediately adjacent to, the list of ingredients: `Contains wheat, milk, pine nuts, and peanuts.' Second, the ingredient list could read: `Ingredients: semolina (wheat), rice flour, rolled oats, pine nuts, tomato juice, whey (milk), sodium caseinate, and natural flavoring (peanuts).'
These two examples illustrate several aspects of the allergen labeling requirements. In the second example, `milk' does not appear in parentheses after `sodium caseinate' because it has already appeared after `whey.' In the examples, the natural flavoring includes peanuts as a constituent and so peanut is labeled as an allergen in the food. In other words, the food allergen labeling requirement applies to flavorings, colorings, and incidental additives. Only the peanut constituent of the natural flavoring ingredient is identified, however; the other constituents of the flavoring--or indeed of any coloring or incidental additive--are not required to be listed under either plain English labeling option permitted under the legislation.
The term `pine nuts' is in the summary of allergy information in the first example, but it need not appear after `pine nut' in the ingredient list in the second example because the repetition is unnecessary. The first example illustrates the committee's intent that the term for the relevant specific member of the class `fish' or `Crustacean shellfish' or `tree nuts' is required to be used whenever an ingredient is, or is derived from, an example from one of these food categories. The second example illustrates the committee's intent that an ingredient whose common or usual name uses the term for the major food allergen--in the example, `pine nuts' clearly uses the term for pine nuts--need not be followed by a parenthetical repeating the term. Finally, all major food allergens are required to be labeled consistently on the food label: either in the summary of allergen information at the end of, or immediately adjacent to, the ingredient list, or using parentheses after ingredients.
The committee intends that the use of the term `milk' in either of these examples does not violate the standard of identity for milk established under FDA regulations. Used in this context, the term `milk' is used to identify a major food allergen and not the identity of the ingredient or the food.
The legislation gives FDA the authority to modify or eliminate these requirements by regulation. This authority is limited in a few respects, however. First, FDA may modify one or both labeling options. Second, FDA may not eliminate all major food allergen labeling by eliminating both labeling options; rather, FDA may eliminate only one of the approaches. Third, and most significantly, FDA must demonstrate in the regulation that modification or elimination of an allergen labeling requirement is necessary to protect public health. The committee considers this standard to impose a high burden on the Secretary to justify changing these requirements of the legislation.
In addition, the legislation amends section 403A of the FFDCA to give the modification to the ingredient label required by section 403(w) the same preemptive effect over State and local ingredient labeling that the current ingredient labeling has.
The committee understands that many manufacturers have already labeled their foods in conformity with one of the plain English allergen labeling options, and it expects that most foods will be labeled in compliance with these requirements before January 1, 2006. In any case, all foods that contain an ingredient that is or that contains a major food allergen must be labeled by January 1, 2006. This fixed date by which all affected foods must be labeled in accordance with these requirements will give consumers greater certainty that they will be able to rely on food labels as of that date. Importantly, this requirement does not require the relieving of food products that are in the marketplace before the effective date. In other words, this legislation does not require food products to be pulled from the marketplace and relabeled in conformance with the requirements of this legislation if they were labeled before January 1, 2006.
The committee intends the requirements of section 403(w) to be self-implementing. FDA will not be required to issue regulations to implement section 403(w). FDA may issue guidance, should the agency find that guidance would assist manufacturers or distributors, particularly small businesses, to comply with the requirements in this legislation.
The legislation also adds a second misbranding provision to account for other food allergens. In particular, section 403(x) provides that FDA has the authority to require by regulation appropriate labeling of any spice, flavoring, coloring, or incidental additive ingredient that is, or includes as a constituent, a food allergen that is not a major food allergen. The committee does not intend the listing of all spices or flavorings in a product but intends that the Secretary will require the food allergen to be identified on the label in a manner consistent with this legislation. In addition, the legislation provides that the amendments made by it do not otherwise alter FDA's authority to require the labeling of other food allergens that are not major food allergens. Finally, the legislation amends section 403A of the FFDCA to give requirements under section 403(x)--which provides for an exception to a current labeling exemption for spices, flavorings, colorings, and incidental additives that has preemptive effect over State and local labeling requirements--the same preemptive effect over State and local labeling requirements that the current exemption has.
[i]Food allergy surveillance, research, and response[/i]
The committee is concerned that the prevalence of food allergies is uncertain and the incidence of clinically significant and serious adverse events is not being systematically monitored. In response to these concerns, the legislation requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better capture information on the prevalence of food allergies, the incidence of clinically significant or serious adverse events related to food allergies, and the use of different modes of treatment for and prevention of allergic responses to foods. In addition, the legislation requires the National Institutes of Health to convene a panel of nationally recognized experts to review current clinical research efforts and develop recommendations for enhancing and coordinating research activities concerning food allergies.
The legislation directs the Secretary, in the Conference for Food Protection, to pursue revision of the Food Code to provide recommendations and guidance on preparing allergen-free foods in food establishments. The Secretary should refer to private guidelines, including the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and Food Allergy Initiative's document entitled: Food Allergy Training Guide for Restaurants and Food Services, as a model during development.
Finally, the legislation directs the Secretary to provide technical assistance to States and localities about treatment of food allergic responses by trauma care and emergency medical services. Currently, the preferred treatment for anaphylaxis from food allergy is an auto-injector epinephrine device. The legislation does not specify this treatment, so that the Secretary will continue to provide such technical assistance as new treatments are developed.
[i]Celiac disease and gluten labeling[/i]
The legislation directs the Secretary, after consulting with appropriate experts and stakeholders, to promulgate a regulation to define and permit the use of the term `gluten-free' as a voluntary claim on the food label. The committee intends that this `gluten-free' claim not be a claim for special dietary use, a nutrient content claim, or a health claim. The legislation requires that the proposed rule regarding this claim be issued not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the legislation, and that the final rule be issued not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of the legislation.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 6:09am
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Here's a copy of the letter I'm using. It's very similar to the one Jana R. posted, but I've tweaked the bullets, and also added a mention about minimizing impact to manufacturers, who are already obligated under existing regs to change their food labels (to reflect trans fats) by 1/1/06.
Please feel free to use this letter if you wish. Also, you may wish to insert a personal statement about how this impacts your life today, and what it would impact your life if this legislation were passed, so it reads less like a form letter.
I am also making phone calls to push for co-sponsorship.
Let's keep up the good work!
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I am writing to respectfully request your support of the Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3684 AND S.741).
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: Thu, 02/26/2004 - 1:05am
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Nutternomore - I really appreciate your efforts to keep us updated on this important issue!
It occurs to me that perhaps those dealing solely with peanut allergy might not feel the urgency to write their legislator (at least I feel that of all the allergies we deal with, peanut is the easiest to recognize on a label except where "vegetable oil" is concerned). I wanted to remind everyone that all food allergies apparently are on the rise - everyone might need to feel confident preparing food for someone else with a different allergy issue. Perhaps your child with a severe peanut allergy will befriend a child with a life-threatening milk allergy since he understands anaphylaxis and you or your child will want to be able to read a label to see if something is safe for this friend. Perhaps someone else will develop an allergy in your family and you'll want to immediately be able to read labels to keep them safe.
Peanut allergies currently get the most press, if you write your legislator and mention peanut allergies, that is very likely to get their attention.
Like Nutternomore mentioned I think it is crucial to mention especially to Republicans who want to make sure we don't put too many constraints on American businesses and further hurt the economy that the timing makes the most sense to get passed right now since labels are already required to be changed to indicate trans fat. It will have a higher economic impact on businesses should this die in committee (or not get passed if it reaches the floor!) and we are forced to try again at a later date.
My favorite thing to add right now to my letters is this:
"A growing number of Americans are being diagnosed with food allergies. A growing number of [b]your[/b] constituents need to rely on clear labeling of their food."
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Posted on: Thu, 02/26/2004 - 5:29am
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Jana R.,
Your advice is [b]excellent[/b]; wish I had thought to include that item in my letter.
Anyway, here are some citations to quantify the statements about the rise in food allergies and rise in peanut allergies:
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Just a quick update to let you know that the phone calls and letters are [b]making a difference![/b]
We've picked up 4 new co-sponsors on HR 3684 and 1 new co-sponsor on S 741!
To those of you who contacted your reps in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island,
Connecticut and Washington State, thank you!
Now is the time to keep the momentum going. It is still vitally important that we line up as many co-sponsors and firm supporters as possible, so that the bill can survive attempts to water them down and add in pork, which would leave us with an ineffective or side-tracked bill.
Once again, please check the list of co-sponsors of S741 here:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:S741:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:S741:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors[/url]
And check the list of current co-sponsors for HR3684:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors[/url]
[i]If your senators and representatives aren't on this list, we still need you to contact them to let them know how important this issue is, and that you want them to co-sponsor the legislation.[/i]
Let's keep it going!
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Posted on: Sun, 02/29/2004 - 5:11am
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What does S741 do for allergen labeling?? (I read the summary from the linked web page, and it sounds like S741 is just about animal drugs.)

Posted on: Sun, 02/29/2004 - 5:16am
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Okay. I just did a search on the Thomas web site, and found this:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c108:3:./temp/~c108znGD8Q:e109326:"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c108:3:./temp/~c108znGD8Q:e109326:[/url]
Glad to hear that my state's senators support it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 02/29/2004 - 7:19am
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This is Title 2 of S741,
SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the `Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2003'.
SEC. 202. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that--
(1) it is estimated that--
(A) approximately 2 percent of adults and about 5 percent of infants and young children in the United States suffer from food allergies; and
(B) each year, roughly 30,000 individuals require emergency room treatment and 150 individuals die because of allergic reactions to food;
(2)(A) eight major foods or food groups--milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans--account for 90 percent of food allergies;
(B) at present, there is no cure for food allergies; and
(C) a food allergic consumer must avoid the food to which the consumer is allergic;
(3)(A) in a review of the foods of randomly selected manufacturers of baked goods, ice cream, and candy in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 1999, the Food and Drug Administration found that 25 percent of sampled foods failed to list peanuts or eggs as ingredients on the food labels; and
(B) nationally, the number of recalls because of unlabeled allergens rose to 121 in 2000 from about 35 a decade earlier;
(4) a recent study shows that many parents of children with a food allergy were unable to correctly identify in each of several food labels the ingredients derived from major food allergens;
(5)(A) ingredients in foods must be listed by their `common or usual name';
(B) in some cases, the common or usual name of an ingredient may be unfamiliar to consumers, and many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen; and
(C) in other cases, the ingredients may be declared as a class, including spices, flavorings, and certain colorings, or are exempt from the ingredient labeling requirements, such as incidental additives; and
(6)(A) celiac disease is an immune-mediated disease that causes damage to the gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system, and other organs;
(B) the current recommended treatment is avoidance of glutens in foods that are associated with celiac disease; and
(C) a multicenter, multiyear study estimated that the prevalence of celiac disease in the United States is 0.5 to 1 percent of the general population.
SEC. 203. FOOD LABELING; REQUIREMENT OF INFORMATION REGARDING ALLERGENIC SUBSTANCES.
(a) IN GENERAL- Section 403 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 343) is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(w)(1) If it is not a raw agricultural commodity and it is, or it contains an ingredient that bears or contains, a major food allergen, unless either--
`(A) the word `Contains', followed by the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived, is printed immediately after or is adjacent to the list of ingredients (in a type size no smaller than the type size used in the list of ingredients) required under subsections (g) and (i); or
`(B) the common or usual name of the major food allergen in the list of ingredients required under subsections (g) and (i) is followed in parentheses by the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived, except that the name of the food source is not required when--
`(i) the common or usual name of the ingredient uses the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived; or
`(ii) the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived appears elsewhere in the ingredient list, unless the name of the food source that appears elsewhere in the ingredient list appears as part of the name of a food ingredient that is not a major food allergen under section 201(qq)(2)(A) or (B).
`(2) As used in this subsection, the term `name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived' means the name described in section 201(qq)(1); provided that in the case of a tree nut, fish, or Crustacean shellfish, the term `name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived' means the name of the specific type of nut or species of fish or Crustacean shellfish.
`(3) The information required under this subsection may appear in labeling in lieu of appearing on the label only if the Secretary finds that such other labeling is sufficient to protect the public health. A finding by the Secretary under this paragraph (including any change in an earlier finding under this paragraph) is effective upon publication in the Federal Register as a notice.
`(4) Notwithstanding subsection (g), (i), or (k), or any other law, a flavoring, coloring, or incidental additive that is, or that bears or contains, a major food allergen shall be subject to the labeling requirements of this subsection.
`(5) The Secretary may by regulation modify the requirements of subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1), or eliminate either the requirement of subparagraph (A) or the requirements of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1), if the Secretary determines that the modification or elimination of the requirement of subparagraph (A) or the requirements of subparagraph (B) is necessary to protect the public health.
`(6)(A) Any person may petition the Secretary to exempt a food ingredient described in section 201(qq)(2) from the allergen labeling requirements of this subsection.
`(B) The Secretary shall approve or deny such petition within 180 days of receipt of the petition or the petition shall be deemed denied, unless an extension of time is mutually agreed upon by the Secretary and the petitioner.
`(C) The burden shall be on the petitioner to provide scientific evidence (including the analytical method used to produce the evidence) that demonstrates that such food ingredient, as derived by the method specified in the petition, does not cause an allergic response that poses a risk to human health.
`(D) A determination regarding a petition under this paragraph shall constitute final agency action.
`(E) The Secretary shall promptly post to a public site all petitions received under this paragraph within 14 days of receipt and the Secretary shall promptly post the Secretary's response to each.
`(7)(A) A person need not file a petition under paragraph (6) to exempt a food ingredient described in section 201(qq)(2) from the allergen labeling requirements of this subsection, if the person files with the Secretary a notification containing--
`(i) scientific evidence (including the analytical method used) that demonstrates that the food ingredient (as derived by the method specified in the notification, where applicable) does not contain allergenic protein; or
`(ii) a determination by the Secretary that the ingredient does not cause an allergic response that poses a risk to human health under a premarket approval or notification program under section 409.
`(B) The food ingredient may be introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce as a food ingredient that is not a major food allergen 90 days after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary, unless the Secretary determines within the 90-day period that the notification does not meet the requirements of this paragraph, or there is insufficient scientific evidence to determine that the food ingredient does not contain allergenic protein or does not cause an allergenic response that poses a risk to human health.
`(C) The Secretary shall promptly post to a public site all notifications received under this subparagraph within 14 days of receipt and promptly post any objections thereto by the Secretary.
`(x) Notwithstanding subsection (g), (i), or (k), or any other law, a spice, flavoring, coloring, or incidental additive that is, or that bears or contains, a food allergen (other than a major food allergen), as determined by the Secretary by
regulation, shall be disclosed in a manner specified by the Secretary by regulation.'.
(b) EFFECT ON OTHER AUTHORITY- The amendments made by this section that require a label or labeling for major food allergens do not alter the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) to require a label or labeling for other food allergens.
(c) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS-
(1) Section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321) (as amended by section 102(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(qq) The term `major food allergen' means any of the following:
`(1) Milk, egg, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, or shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, or walnuts), wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.
`(2) A food ingredient that contains protein derived from a food specified in paragraph (1), except the following:
`(A) Any highly refined oil derived from a food specified in paragraph (1) and any ingredient derived from such highly refined oil.
`(B) A food ingredient that is exempt under paragraph (6) or (7) of section 403(w).'.
(2) Section 403A(a)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 343-1(a)(2)) is amended by striking `or 403(i)(2)' and inserting `403(i)(2), 403(w), or 403(x)'.
(d) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply to any food that is labeled on or after January 1, 2006.
SEC. 204. REPORT ON FOOD ALLERGENS.
Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the `Secretary') shall submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report that--
(1)(A) analyzes--
(i) the ways in which foods, during manufacturing and processing, are unintentionally contaminated with major food allergens, including contamination caused by the use by manufacturers of the same production line to produce both products for which major food allergens are intentional ingredients and products for which major food allergens are not intentional ingredients; and
(ii) the ways in which foods produced on dedicated production lines are unintentionally contaminated with major food allergens; and
(B) estimates how common the practices described in subparagraph (A) are in the food industry, with breakdowns by food type as appropriate;
(2) advises whether good manufacturing practices or other methods can be used to reduce or eliminate cross-contact of foods with the major food allergens;
(3) describes--
(A) the various types of advisory labeling (such as labeling that uses the words `may contain') used by food producers;
(B) the conditions of manufacture of food that are associated with the various types of advisory labeling; and
(C) the extent to which advisory labels are being used on food products;
(4) describes how consumers with food allergies or the caretakers of consumers would prefer that information about the risk of cross-contact be communicated on food labels as determined by using appropriate survey mechanisms;
(5) states the number of inspections of food manufacturing and processing facilities conducted in the previous 2 years and describes--
(A) the number of facilities and food labels that were found to be in compliance or out of compliance with respect to cross-contact of foods with residues of major food allergens and the proper labeling of major food allergens;
(B) the nature of the violations found; and
(C) the number of voluntary recalls, and their classifications, of foods containing undeclared major food allergens; and
(6) assesses the extent to which the Secretary and the food industry have effectively addressed cross-contact issues.
SEC. 205. INSPECTIONS RELATING TO FOOD ALLERGENS.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall conduct inspections consistent with the authority under section 704 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 374) of facilities in which foods are manufactured, processed, packed, or held--
(1) to ensure that the entities operating the facilities comply with practices to reduce or eliminate cross-contact of a food with residues of major food allergens that are not intentional ingredients of the food; and
(2) to ensure that major food allergens are properly labeled on foods.
SEC. 206. GLUTEN LABELING.
Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with appropriate experts and stakeholders, shall issue a proposed rule to define, and permit use of, the term `gluten-free' on the labeling of foods. Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue a final rule to define, and permit use of, the term `gluten-free' on the labeling of foods.
SEC. 207. IMPROVEMENT AND PUBLICATION OF DATA ON FOOD-RELATED ALLERGIC RESPONSES.
(a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in consultation with the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, shall improve (including by educating physicians and other health care providers) the collection of, and publish as it becomes available, national data on--
(1) the prevalence of food allergies;
(2) the incidence of clinically significant or serious adverse events related to food allergies; and
(3) the use of different modes of treatment for and prevention of allergic responses to foods.
(b) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- For the purpose of carrying out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary.
SEC. 208. FOOD ALLERGIES RESEARCH.
(a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health, shall convene an ad hoc panel of nationally recognized experts in allergy and immunology to review current basic and clinical research efforts related to food allergies.
(b) RECOMMENDATIONS- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the panel shall make recommendations to the Secretary for enhancing and coordinating research activities concerning food allergies, which the Secretary shall make public.
SEC. 209. FOOD ALLERGENS IN THE FOOD CODE.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in the Conference for Food Protection, as part of its efforts to encourage cooperative activities between the States under section 311 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 243), pursue revision of the Food Code to provide guidelines for preparing allergen-free foods in food establishments, including in restaurants, grocery store delicatessens and bakeries, and elementary and secondary school cafeterias. The Secretary shall consider guidelines and recommendations developed by public and private entities for public and private food establishments for preparing allergen-free foods in pursuing this revision.
SEC. 210. RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING RESPONDING TO FOOD-RELATED ALLERGIC RESPONSES.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in providing technical assistance relating to trauma care and emergency medical services to State and local agencies under section 1202(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300d-2(b)(3)), include technical assistance relating to the use of different modes of treatment for and prevention of allergic responses to foods.
Calendar No. 431
108th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 741
[Report No. 108-226]
A BILL
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with regard to new animal drugs, and for other purposes.

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One other point that has occurred to me that we can use to "sell" this legislation with members of Congress is to point out how the legislation will also assist their other constituents.
Specifically, we see that due to increased incidence of food allergies, some schools are moving to implement risk reduction programs (some call them 'bans') that involve restricting which foods can be brought to school.
As challenging as it is for families with food allergic kids to manage shopping, [b]it is even more difficult for parents of classmates to properly read labels [/b], since they usually don't have to deal with the implications on a day-to-day basis.
Passage of this legislation will also aid those constituents by making it easier for them read labels with confidence, so that they play their part in keeping food allergic kids safe.
Then remind them..."It takes a village..."

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Excellent point.

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March 1, 2004
Mrs. Synthia xxxxx
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Dear Synthia,
Thank you for contacting me with your support for H.R. 3684, the Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act of 2003. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
Every year thousands of people have allergic reactions and are injured because they are not aware that a certain type of known food allergen is contained in the food they are eating. H.R. 3684 would require food labels to identify known food allergens contained in their product. The bill defines "known food allergen" to include milk, eggs, fish, crustacea, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, other grains containing gluten, and any food the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines to cause allergic or adverse responses which endanger human health. That also includes spices, flavorings, colorings, or incidental additives that are or contain a known food allergen.
H.R. 3684 is currently pending before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and no action is scheduled. I will, however, support this measure should it come to the House floor for a vote.
Again, thanks for contacting me.
Sincerely,
Mark Foley
Member of Congress
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That's great, Synthia!! I noticed he's a Republican - if you didn't ask him if he'd consider being a co-sponsor, could you write him again? Maybe you could point out that as of last week, Christopher Shays (R) signed on as a co-sponsor so you'd like to see more Republicans get on board - it might have less chance of dying in committee if it has bipartisan co-sponsorship.
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Jane R,
You have mail!!
Please let me know if you do not get it.
Love this site
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[b]Yesterday the FALCPA passed the Senate, by unanimous consent!!![/b]
Thanks so much to everyone who called and wrote to their Senators in support of this bill.
It is still stuck in Subcommittee for Health in the house, so it is now more important than ever to give your support. If the bill doesn't get out of committee, [i]it will die there.[/i]
[b]PLEASE call or write today to your Representative.[/b] We are so close to getting this bill passed, but we need everyone's help to repel the food lobby's last ditch attempt to kill this bill. Let your Representative know that this bill is important to you. Remember, it's an election year, and they are looking for legislation to pass that is less controversal.

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Here's a link to Sen. Gregg's press release:
[url="http://gregg.senate.gov/press/press030904.htm"]http://gregg.senate.gov/press/press030904.htm[/url]
Remember that the strategy in the Senate was to attach the FALCPA legislation to another bill on animal drugs in order to push it through. In the House, FALCPA is a stand-alone bill (HR 3684).
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Tuesday, March 9, 2004 Contact: Erin Rath/Jeff Turcotte
Gregg Food Allergens Labeling and Animal Drug Legislation Passes Senate
Washington, DC - The Senate last night approved two-fold, bipartisan legislation that will provide allergen information to children and adults who suffer from food allergies. S. 741, a bill that combines the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2003 and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2003 establishes plain language labeling of allergenic substances in food and also allows companies the opportunity to develop and market FDA-authorized drugs that are vital to a large number of animal species. Senator Judd Gregg, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, successfully moved both measures through his committee November 2003.

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This press release is from CSPI...
[url="http://www.cspinet.com/new/200403091.html"]http://www.cspinet.com/new/200403091.html[/url]
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Senate Passes Food Allergen Labeling Bill
Plain English Words Would Identify Allergens on Ingredient List
The Senate last night unanimously passed legislation that would help Americans with food allergies spot common allergens on food labels. The bill was sponsored by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). Representative Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) has similar legislation pending in the House.
The bill requires food manufacturers to use plain English words like

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FAAN even got into the act and did some advocating via press release today...
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/press_releases/falcpa.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/press_releases/falcpa.html[/url]
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For Immediate Release
Senate Passes Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) To Simplify and Mandate Food Labeling by 2006
Bill Will Next be Considered by The House
Millions of Americans to benefit from labeling of major food allergens
FAIRFAX, Va., March 8, 2004 -- New food label legislation, passed by the Senate today, is an important step forward in providing clear, consistent and reliable ingredient label information --an essential first line of defense for the millions of Americans who have food allergies, according to The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). The new labeling legislation will ensure that the ingredients are understandable to the average consumer and not just scientists.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) was passed as part of a larger bill, S.741, the Minor use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004.
"Those with food allergies depend upon the ingredient label to make decisions that impact their health," said Anne Mu

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Nutternomore,thank you!!!!
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I just emailed my Senator. What else can I do and who else can I contact?
Thanks [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by ALLERGYMOM (edited March 10, 2004).]

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If anyone thinks that the food lobby is going to roll over and just let this pass, check out the statement from the National Food Processor's Association.
They are telling [i]your Rep.[/i] that we don't need this legislation, and they will attempt to weaken it.
Don't let your Rep. only here one side of the story. Tell them that the voluntary guidelines that have been in place for years, [b]haven't gotten the job done[/b], and that we need this legislation!
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[url="http://nfpa-food.org/NewsReleases/NFPANewsRelease030904.htm"]http://nfpa-food.org/NewsReleases/NFPANewsRelease030904.htm[/url]
Senate-Passed Provisions on Allergen Labeling Reflect Many Current Industry Practices
( Washington , D.C. )

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deegann: I did not take it that way..lol [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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OK emailed my rep [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks

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reraising,
Lets stay on track!!!
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Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]Here is the list of current co-sponsors for HR3684:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors[/url]
I continue to refer to the quote made a few years ago by Jack Welsh, former CEO at General Electric - [i]Control your destiny...or someone else will.[/i]
Then, tell your kids or other loved ones (and yourself) that you took the time to make a fundamental difference in the lives of those with food allergies.
If you have an update to share re:contact with your legislator, please post it here, and also let Jim know at [email]allergies@shamrockbay.com[/email] , so he can update the list of supporters.[/b]
Two more cosponsors are added (from Illinois and Minnesota). There are now 33 co-sponsors lets keep at them!!!
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OK. Our efforts haven

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I wish you mom good luck. I contacted Nancy Johnson asking her to support this legislation and got back a very noncommital letter from her. Sent her back a letter inviting her to go to a support group meeting or even to the grocery store, but never heard back from her. Rosa DeLaura and Chris Shays, 2 of CT's other Reps, do support this legislation.

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Nutternomore, way to go Mom!! That is great she is doing this. I hope she gets results! Also wanted to let you know Ive written my letters, and appreciate all you are doing. Thanks for keeping us updated as well!

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Just an update on town hall meeting on Saturday w/Rep. Nancy Johnson.
My mom reported as follows:
...
I did a quick summary of main points made in the letter you wrote, said I had it in writing with attachments and gave her staff two sets, which she liked and commented that she

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Three more co-spononsors were added to HB 3684 this week including
Republican Jeb Bradley- [NH-1]. The two others are John W. Olver, - [MA-1]
and Rick Larsen, [WA-2]
Woohoooo!
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Nuttermore,
I hope you don't mind but I used part of your letter to write to our representative (although I don't think you will being you wrote feel free to use it, just letting you know). I wrote to her back in April or last year. This time I added pictures of our children to the email, hoping like the postcard idea, that it will put a face to the issue. Let's keep pushing for this!

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[i]Anna McCartney, a member of the Seattle FEAST group, has asked that I post the message below on her behalf. If you decide to take up Anna on her generous offer, please consider offering to reimburse her - the supplies, postage, and ink aren't cheap!
This is another great way to get the word out, to supplement the letters & phone calls. Jana R.'s post from 2/9 in this topic (on page 1) pointed out where the files have been placed if you prefer to do this on your own, or would like to see the files.
Anna...this is awesome![/i]
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Subject: Can I make you some FALCPA postcards to send out?
Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that a bunch of us in our local food allergy group are doing up postcards to give to friends/relatives to send in to their representatives.
I made a bunch up with my son's picture on one side, then some info about the FALCPA on the other. It's really cute, and several legislative offices we sent them to said that they were very eye-catching. Probably not as good as you sending a personal letter or calling, but more something to ask your relatives and friends to send. Basically, the goal here is to let the Representative know that a lot of people are asking about the FALCPA. [I STILL think a personal letter or phone call from parents is the very best thing - this is just in ADDITION!!]
Anyway, I had a pretty good response with the postcards with my son on them. I offered to do up postcards for anyone else in our local allergy group. I figure, it's sort of a hassle going to the computer store to buy the heavyweight paper (plus it's cheaper in large packs), then it's a pain to do the layout from scratch, so I figured I can just use the same template and do them up for other folks too.
I'd like to extend my offer to this group, too. I just went out and bought 5 big packages of the heavyweight paper, so I can do up a bunch of postcards for anyone who's interested.
My husband took a stack of them to work and I gave them to friends and relatives. It was a very easy way to get lots of people to write their congresspeople in support of the FALCPA this way. (It turns out, people do more if you make it really easy! Heh!) We are currently targeting one particular Rep in our area who hasn't shown much interest in the FALCPA -- she's about to get about 300 postcards with about 15 different kids on the various cards. Hopefully, it will make a big impact, and make her realize that there are lots of FA kids around, and lots of voters who care about them!
So, I'd be very happy to do some up for anyone in this group.
If you're interested, email me privately at [email]"anna@mccartneyfamily.com"[/email]. I'll need the following info:
Child's name
Child's age
What child is allergic to
Is it a life threatening allergy?
How many postcards do you think you could distribute?
I have a little blurb at the bottom, saying something like "For more information about food allergies and the FALCPA, please contact X's parents, _____________ at ___________". So, you might want to tell me your name (and your spouse if applicable), and whether you'd prefer your phone number or email address for the contact info.
Also, do you want the postcards addressed to your congressperson (in which case I can preaddress them for you) or do you want to be able to distribute them to friends in various districts (in which case I will leave the address blank and people can look it up at [url="http://www.house.gov)."]www.house.gov).[/url]
I'll also need your postal address, so I can mail the postcards to you.
I just bought a new faster printer, so let's keep this thing humming! It would be lovely to do up a whole bunch of these and get lots of pictures of cute allergic kids sent in to the various congresspeople. I'm hoping that having them look at pictures of our kids, it will guilt trip them more into co-sponsoring the bill. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If you already have some heavyweight paper sitting around and you'd like to do these yourself, I'd be happy to give you my template or whatever would make it easy for you.
A couple of people have also told me that their child doesn't want to be on postcards. (One of the great things about my son being a toddler is that he has no shame!) If you'd like to DISTRIBUTE postcards, but not have your child on one, let me know, as I can share other postcards with you. (You can give out ones of my son or something.)
I'm really happy to do this, so please let me know if you'd be interested!
Anna McCartney
Ewan, age 3. Anaphylactic to eggs; sleep apnea.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 2:59am
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Two more co-sponsors have signed on:
Rep. Brian Baird [WA-3] and Rep. Danny Davis [IL-7]
Thanks to all of you who have contacted your Reps so far.
We still needs lots more support to make this legislation a reality. Please contact your Rep. today to let them know you want safer food labeling!
Also - in light in the recent research results about the prevalence of seafood allergies, please update your "pitch" to include the latest stats re:food allergies.
[i]4% of the general population suffers from food allergy, or approximately [b]11 million[/b] Americans (or roughly 1-in-25 Americans).[/i]
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We've picked up three more co-sponsors!
Rep. Abercrombe [D-HI], Rep. Nethercutt [R-WA], and Rep. Tauscher [D-CA] (my rep!) are all on-board.
In the meantime, the bill remains stuck in the Subcommittee on Health. PLEASE contact your Reps. today!

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I want to help, tell me what I can do, I am in FL! I went to that site but didn't want to send it on to family and friends because from the sounds of it, its a different level.
I am new to the PA world but already want to make a difference, I know I can!

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