Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening.
There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens—and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food—are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.
FDA Announces Public Hearing on Food Advisory Labeling August 8, 2008
Food Allergies: Reducing the Risks January 23, 2009
Food Allergies: What You Need to Know February 2007
(also available in Spanish)
Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act of 2004 - Questions & Answers December 12, 2005; Updated July 18, 2006
Industry & Regulator Information
Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Title II of Public Law 108-282) August 2, 2004
Food Allergens Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information
Includes questions and answers on the Gluten-Free Labeling Proposed Rule, Allergen Guides, Food Allergen Partnership, Label Declaration of Allergenic Substances in Food, and more.
Information from Other Federal Government Agencies
Department of Agriculture
Department of Health and Human Services
- Food Allergies - Healthfinder
National Institutes of Health
- Food Allergy - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Library of Medicine
Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods
- Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Allergens, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Edition 4)
WITHDRAWN: Guidance for Industry: Guidance on the Labeling of Certain Uses of Lecithin Derived from Soy Under Section 403(w) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act[ARCHIVED]
- All Food Allergens Guidance and Regulations