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Consumer Information on Ingredients & Packaging

Consumer Information on Ingredients & Packaging

Food Additives and Ingredients

Public Health Initiatives

Caffeine

Sweeteners

Color Additives

Ingredients in Specific Products

Food Allergies

Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild 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.

Packaging and Food Contact Substances

Irradiation of Food and Packaging

FDA has approved a number of uses for food irradiation, including its use for reduction of microorganisms in meat, poultry, crustaceans, and spices. The agency determined that the process is safe and effective in decreasing harmful bacteria. Other uses of food irradiation are also permitted, such as for increasing shelf-life or inhibiting sprouting in specific foods.