One of the toughest challenges for food producers and label makers is how to properly label food given the small amount of space they have to work with. So, what does a company do when someone finds a new, mostly unknown food allergy and believes it should be on labels?
That's a million dollar question. But before that's answered, lawmakers need to pass legislation that requires food processors to warn consumers about the allergy with a label.
For example, ABC 7 reported that Arkansas state lawmakers are looking to raise awareness of Alpha-Gal, an allergy to pork, beef and other mammal by-products. While they've raised awareness locally, these leaders want to bring attention on a national scale.
"I think we've gotten folks in Arkansas to be a little bit more aware of what Alpha-Gal is, but we need to bring it to a national level," state Rep. Julie Mayberry said, according to ABC 7. "And so this resolution we will be sending on to our congressional delegation to ask them to make Alpha-Gal part of the top allergens that would be listed on our food products."
"We want to make it easier for people to know what they can and cannot eat, put on their body, etc. It would make it so much easier if it's written on the label, just like milk, just like soy, shellfish and peanuts and all that," Karen Crowson, a resident of Benton, Arkansas, told the news source.
When someone contracts the allergy, they've noted that symptoms resemble being bitten by a tick. The Lone Star tick, in fact, transmits the allergy from one person to another.
Whether or not Alpha-Gal may make it to national representatives, it brings up an even larger point: How do food processors warn people about the many hidden dangers residing in the food they eat?
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