• Publication Date: 06/01/2021
  • Article Type: Back Page
  • Subjects: Industry Issues and Trends, Respiratory Medicine
FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) recently launch a global research competition, with $3 million in prize money, for development of a new diagnostic test to identify allergies in patients. They also announced passage of a new law in the United States requiring labeling of sesame in packaged foods and additional government focus on food allergy research.

FARE believes that “consistent innovation and advancements have provided hope that researchers can finally find a new solution for diagnosing food allergies.” They have launched a global research competition “to motivate innovative researchers to develop a novel, safe and compassionate method to accurately diagnose food allergies in children and adults. The new solution will replace the oral food challenge as the best current method to diagnose or rule out food allergies.” In addition, passage of the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act of 2021 has been FARE’s highest legislative priority and became law in March 2021. It requires sesame to be labeled as an allergen on packaged foods beginning January 1, 2023. In addition, the FASTER Act “will require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue a report on scientific opportunities in food allergy research that examines prevention, treatment and new cures. The law also establishes a risk-based scientific process and framework for establishing additional allergens covered by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.”

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