(NBC/WAVY) – Food labels could soon carry a warning if a product contains sesame.
The Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that it is considering adding sesame as an allergen on packaged foods.
There are currently eight allergens listed on labels: milk, fish, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans and wheat.
The FDA says while sesame may be in a product, it currently may only be listed as “natural flavors” or “spices” on the label.
FDA officials say studies have shown that while sesame allergies may be rare, affecting about 0.1 percent of the population, it can still be deadly.
In a tweet on the day of the announcement, the FDA said it is issuing a request for information (RFI) to gather information on the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the U.S. That’s the first stop get get sesame labeled as an allergen on packaged foods.
FDA is aware of & concerned about emerging evidence regarding #sesame allergies. In response to this serious concern we are issuing an #RFI to gather information regarding the prevalence & severity of sesame allergies in the U.S. https://t.co/8v17GR15aT pic.twitter.com/eg77jHoVye— FDA FOOD (@FDAfood) October 29, 2018