York, PA - The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) has assembled an Ad-hoc Committee that has been charged with developing a guidance document for controlling food allergens in retail food and food service establishments. Volunteers from federal and state government, the retail food industry, industry trade associations, and the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have agreed to participate in this effort.
According to the U.S. FDA, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food every year. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. Several state food safety program managers approached AFDO about developing a guidance document and the organization has agreed to do so. AFDO hopes the guidance can be developed in time to distribute at its Annual Conference in June 2015.
AFDO President Stephen Stich said, "While there is no cure for food allergies, there are actions that can be taken in retail establishments that can protect susceptible individuals. Implementing plans in grocery stores and restaurants to effectively manage allergen risks will be the focus of the guidance document".
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The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules, and regulations. AFDO and its six Regional Affiliates provide the mechanism and the forum where regional, national and international issues are deliberated and resolved to uniformly provide the best public health and consumer protection in the most expeditious and cost effective manner.