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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and Food Allergies

By December 4, 2010

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FFSMA) increases the power and reach of the Food and Drug Administration to inspect and regulate food products.  The bill is focused on preventing large-scale contaminations of our food supply, such as hamburgers contaminated with E. Coli. The bill recently passed the Senate, but its future is uncertain.

Of interest to parents of children with food allergies, FFSMA also contains funding for grants to local school districts to help them create food allergy management plans. The grants may also be used to pay for equipment and create educational programs about food allergies.

If signed into law, FFSMA would greatly increase the power of the FDA. It would not change the current food allergy labeling law, but could potentially result in better enforcement of the law we have.

For more information about FFSMA, and to see if your senator supported the bill, see OpenCongress.og.

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