Food allergies are quite widespread in the United States. Approximately one out of every 25 people is plagued with this condition, which turns out to be over 12 million American citizens. Recently, the government has recognized the significance of the food allergy issue and how dangerous it can be to its victims. This realization let to the passage of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) in 2004.
Requirements of the FALCPA
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act was passed in 2004 and it required that, by January 1, 2006, all food labels must inform their customers, in plain language, of the presence of any of the following in their products:
- Tree nuts
Specifically, companies are required to print the word “contains,” followed by the name of the allergen present, either inside or without parentheses. Parentheses are only necessary if a byproduct with a different name is present, such as albumin (eggs). This labeling requirement applies to foods, spice blends, dyes, flavors, or coloring. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in punishment to the company.
If you have been hurt by a mislabeled food product, then you may have the right to claim compensation from the negligent company. Contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of Hankey Marks & Crider today at (317) 634-8565 to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation.