Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 3451, the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a companion bill H.R. 2117 on November 17, 2020. Once the House and Senate resolve any legislative differences between their versions and pass the agreed upon bill, it is sent to the President for signature into law.
Together with other patient advocacy organizations, Allergy & Asthma Network has continued to advocate for passage of this legislation which would improve the health and safety of those living with food allergies and related disorders.
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.
We appreciate your continued advocacy efforts on key issues that support achieving optimal health outcomes for people living with allergies, asthma and related conditions!