FDA Approves New Labels for Peanut-Containing Foods
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new labels for peanut-containing foods suitable for infants, noting that they may reduce the risk of developing an allergy.
Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency would allow updated labels on some peanut-containing foods in light of a recent study, as well as previous National Institutes of Health
recommendations. The clinical trial found that introducing foods containing smooth peanut butter to infants who were at high risk of a
peanut allergy dramatically reduced their risk of developing it in
childhood. The previous guidelines offered details on when and
how parents can introduce peanut-containing foods to children,
including those at high risk of developing an allergy.
Product labels already note allergy-causing ingredients, including pea-
nuts. The new labeling will advise parents to check with a child’s doctor before
introducing peanut-containing foods. This does not change the warning against
whole peanuts, as they “are a choking hazard for young children and should not be consumed.”
The new label will read, “For most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are
already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing ground peanuts between 4 and 10
months of age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy
by 5 years of age.” FDA has determined, however, that the evidence supporting this claim is
limited to one study.
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the United States, with rates
doubling from 1997 to 2008. Currently, about 2 percent of American children are allergic to
peanuts. A serious reaction can lead to anaphylaxis and, rarely, death. For children who have a
high risk of developing a peanut allergy, doctors previously advised parents to hold off on introducing peanut-containing foods until the age of 3.
Parents are recommended to introduce foods according to their preferences and practices.
Certification for Organic
Spartan Chemical Company Inc. has announced
that PAA Sanitizer FP,
Eggs-So-Clean® pH Booster
and SparCHLOR® are now
certified for use in organic
food processing facilities
under the Organic Materials
Review Institute listing.
Q Laboratories Opens
Food Virus Lab
Q Laboratories has
opened a state-of-the-art food
virus detection laboratory at
their Cincinnati, OH, location. Utilizing real-time PCR
technology, Q Laboratories
can test food, water, environmental swabs and food
surface swabs for the presence
of norovirus and hepatitis A.
The lab will allow for secure,
isolated detection of these
common foodborne viruses.
3M Expands Food Safety
Offerings, Acquires Elution Technologies
3M has acquired Elution
Technologies, a Vermont-based manufacturer of test
kits that enable food and
beverage companies to help
ensure their products are free
from potentially harmful allergens, such as peanuts, soy
or milk. Elution Technologies
was founded in 2012 by Bia
Diagnostics and Immunology Consultants Laboratory.
Since then, the company has
developed one of the broad-est offerings of allergen tests
available to the industry.
Nestlé Establishes a Food Safety Institute in India
Food safety and hygiene are critically important for improving public health and consumer
welfare in India. A holistic approach that includes all stakeholders and covers the entire food
chain can help reduce the burden of foodborne disease. Food safety is a shared responsibility.
Nestlé shares this commitment to food safety, and the quality and safety of their products
is a top priority. To strengthen the food safety commitment in India, Nestlé is establishing the
Nestlé Food Safety Institute (NFSI) India. NFSI India will adopt a holistic and collaborative
approach toward ensuring safe food for consumers that will help meet India’s growing demand
for healthy and safe food. It is the local interface of Nestlé’s
global food safety science capabilities and leverages
Nestlé’s expertise in food safety for new scientific
research partnerships in the country.
The mission of NFSI India is to “build
and share knowledge through collaborative partnerships to help build trust and
improve food safety in India.” The company’s numerous and extensive research
endeavors in food safety will provide the
foundation upon which this mission is
NFSI India will be an integral part of the
global network of food safety experts within