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Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 3:17am
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LOLOLOL. why I don't bet (see previous post I have in this thread)........
either way.............*HAPPY*.

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 6:09am
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Now that FALCPA has become law, here's an update re:the issue of cross-contamination and what FALCPA does in this area (this is a FAQ)!
[i]FALCPA directs the Secretary to submit to Congress, no later than 18 months after the date of enactment, a report on the problem of unintentional presence of major food allergens in foods and advisory labeling.
Specifically, such report would have to:
a) Analyze the practices through which foods can be unintentionally contaminated with major food allergens (e.g., by use of the same production line for allergen-containing and non-allergen-containing foods);
b) Analyze the practices through which foods produced on dedicated production lines may nonetheless become unintentionally contaminated with major food allergens;
c) Estimate how common the practices described in (a) and (b) are in the food industry, with breakdowns by food type as appropriate;
d) Advise whether good manufacturing practices or other methods can reduce or eliminate such cross-contact;
e) Describe the various types of advisory labeling (e.g.,

Posted on: Thu, 08/19/2004 - 2:09am
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I want to pass on an observation related to this post
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/001891.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/001891.html[/url]
Don't know exactly how the cross contamination issue will play out over the next 2-3 yrs, but my take is that we'll see that there will be much less latitude for manufacturers to use "precautionary" (may contains) labeling; you won't see the kind of CYA approaches that was being misused by some. Also, I'm guessing that the Good Manufacturing Practices that relate to minimizing cross-contamination will be more
stringent/standardized as a consequence. THESE ARE GOOD THINGS...
I think that we need to appreciate that as the cross-contamination issue is further studied and resolved, that food manufacturers will be making choices across a wide continuum. Some products will get
reformulated and no longer be safe, others will become safer (either because they may improve cleaning routines [to minimize cross
contamination in accordance with new GMP's] or move to dedicated lines.
If I were a food manufacturer, though, I'd want to factor in other data into my decision (e.g. results of marketing research re:consumer preferences, sales trend data, market growth potential, legal risks, among other things). So, I think these decisions for manufacturers are complex, and although our needs are important, we don't typically
represent a substantial amount of market share to many.
Yes, it's vitally important to voice concerns directly to companies like Kellogg's (because if we don't speak up, who will???), but my take is that the decisions are perhaps more complex than meets the
eye....
[i]I'm afraid that in the short term, we'll see more of this behavior by some companies, some of which might be driven by an overriding focus on the financial/legal risk aspects of the manufacturing decisions IMHO.[/i]

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 12:45am
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Does anyone know if the new LAW FACLPA would
apply to RX or over the counter medicine?
In re to--- the Tylenol thread
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[This message has been edited by synthia (edited December 02, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 2:27am
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NO - it doesn't. FALCPA is limited to food labeling.
We at FoodAllergyAction.org hope to find congressional sponsorship for FALCPA-type legislation to cover drugs during the 109th Congress, which convenes beginning in January...
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited December 02, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 3:12am
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Hmmm, Do I smell a cause ?
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Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 10:18am
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You do! Rest assured that if we (or someone else) are able to get the ball rolling, we'll be looking for another push from the food allergic community to stand up and voice concerns directly to members of Congress to do something about this.
I hope many of you will be joining us on this journey....stay tuned....

Posted on: Sun, 01/23/2005 - 10:39pm
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Nutternomore,Any update on this?
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Posted on: Mon, 01/31/2005 - 4:13pm
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We're still in a data gathering phase. Preliminary indications are that cosmetics labeling may be easier to tackle than medications, but evaluation continues...
Also, we need to see how the 109th Congress works. Given the huge issues re:Social Security, etc., it will be interesting to see whether we can get anyone's attention.

Posted on: Wed, 02/02/2005 - 4:22am
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I came across this article (apparently targeting healthcare practitioners):
[url="http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/MedErrors/allergic.pdf"]http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/MedErrors/allergic.pdf[/url]
I found it particularly disturbing that one medication was labled free of dairy yet it still contained sodium caseinate!!!
The title of one of the authors is "Director of the Division of Medication Errors and Technical Support" I wonder if they have any public records that might be of value to those with food allergies.
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