The ingredient must be listed on labels from 2023.
It may take you a while to see the effects of the FASTER law. The law gives manufacturers 20 months to ensure that all products they make, including sesame seeds, reflect what is stated on the packaging.
If any foods contain sesame seeds on or after January 1, 2023, you should see this on the label.
In the meantime, if you or someone in your family is allergic, look for ingredients that might be sesame-based like tahini, sesame oil, and gomasio, according to Food Allergy Research & Education, a nonprofit in McLean, Virginia. Spices ”and“ natural flavors ”, which can include sesame seeds.
It also helps to be aware of the types of foods that contain sesame seeds, such as falafel, hummus, and certain types of rice. And sesame oil is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. Keep in mind, however, that sesame seeds can also be found in chips, cereals, snack bars, and a variety of other foods.
The good news is that some companies, like General Mills and Hershey’s, already put sesame on labels when it’s used as an ingredient.
It’s welcome news for over a million Americans.
The new law gives people who have a sesame allergy a sense of peace of mind. In the US, that’s roughly 1.1 million children and adults, according to a 2019 study published in JAMA Network Open magazine. The study found that less than a quarter of 1 percent of children and adults have a sesame allergy.
Nevertheless, Lauren E. Krigbaum is one of those parents who breathe easy with relief. Ms. Krigbaum’s 2-year-old daughter has five different food allergies, including sesame. Until now, sesame was her daughter’s only allergy that wasn’t part of the Federal Labeling Act.
“When you have a child with food allergies, your life revolves around food,” said Ms. Krigbaum, a financial aid advisor in Boise, Idaho. “So it will be tremendous to be able to reduce stress.”