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Seeds of Change

While Some Companies Lead the Way in Sesame Allergen Labeling, Large Gaps Remain

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In this report, we highlight the need for better sesame labeling by showing how deficiencies in food manufacturers’ current sesame disclosure policies cause confusion for consumers. We contacted 22 major food companies in order to better characterize the consumer experience in attempting to obtain clear information about sesame.

Fourteen of the 22 (64 percent) have shown leadership on sesame by declaring sesame ingredients and addressing cross-contact risks. These leading companies can serve as “seeds of change” for the rest of the food industry. Unfortunately, many major food companies continue to lag behind, complying with regulatory requirements to disclose the Big Eight major allergens, but not providing clear labeling for sesame.