Allergy & Asthma Network applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117). The legislation would improve the health and safety of those living with food allergies and related disorders.
The FASTER Act, introduced in 2019 by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), has long been a priority of the Network and a host of healthcare and patient organizations.
The FASTER Act would:
- Collect national information on Americans’ exposure to food allergens and prevalence of food allergies for specific allergens;
- Update allergen labeling laws to include “sesame” and add new labeling requirements for additional allergens as new scientific evidence emerges;
- Expand current guidance on patient experience data to include food allergies; and
- Study the economic costs of food allergies.
The Senate version (S. 3451) was introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).
We need your help! Join us today by contacting your U.S. Senators in support of S. 3451 and get involved with other priority bills pending in Congress.
If the Senate is unable to act given the limited number of days left in the 116th Congress, Allergy & Asthma Network will again work with legislators and other patient advocacy organizations to have this legislation reintroduced in the 117th Congress.
We appreciate your continued advocacy efforts on key issues that support achieving optimal health outcomes for people living with allergies, asthma and related conditions!