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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Doris O. Matsui
Sent By:
Christina.McCauley@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Co-Sponsors: Axne, Barragan, Blunt Rochester, Boyle, Brindisi, Burchett, Carbajal, Cisneros, Cline, Connolly, Cooper, Cox, Cunningham, Dean, Delgado, Dingell, Fitzpatrick, Gallagher, Gottheimer, Harder, Hayes, Himes, Jackson Lee,
Joyce, Katko, Khanna, Kirkpatrick, Kuster, Lamb, Levin, Lipinski, Luria, Malinowski, Maloney, McAdams, McGovern, McHenry, Murphy, Nadler, Neguse, Norcross, Norton, O’Halleran, Perlmutter, Peters, Pingree, Pocan, Raskin, Reed, Rice, Rose, Ryan, Schakowsky,
Schneider, Sherrill, Spanberger, Stefanik, Steil, Stevens, Stivers, Suozzi, Torres Small, Upton, Van Drew, Velazquez, Wild

Supporting Organizations: Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

Dear Colleague:

Nearly 32 million Americans live with food allergies and related disorders, suffering adverse health effects arising from a specific immune response to a given food. These complex and multifaced diseases whose causes, mechanisms, and effects are not yet
fully understood, affect the health and quality of life of individuals and their caregivers. Validated data on food allergy prevalence is lacking and oftentimes these diseases are confused with food intolerance or sensitivities. There is a broad consensus
amongst public health experts, policymakers, physicians, and patients and their families, that we must do more to recognize and treat food allergies and study their underlying mechanisms.

The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act
(H.R. 2117)
is a series of solutions that will improve the health and safety of Americans with food allergies and related disorders. These policies are based on the recommendations of a November 2016 consensus panel convened by the National Academy
of Medicine.[i]

The FASTER Act would:

  • Direct the Secretary of HHS, acting through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to expand the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to collect information on Americans’ exposure to food allergens, and prevalence of food allergies for
    specific allergens, and to include such data in its reports to Congress and the public.
  • Update allergen labeling laws to include “sesame” and clarify that the Secretary of Health and Human Services has existing authority to add new labeling requirements for additional allergens as new scientific evidence emerges.
  • Expand current guidance on patient experience data to include data on food allergies.  
  • Direct the National Institutes of Health to study the economic costs of food allergies. 

Food allergy is a potentially life-threatening disease, and although it is not yet possible to prevent the onset of food allergies or to completely prevent allergic reactions, the
FASTER Act will help us make progress at better understanding their prevalence and risk factors.

For more information, please contact Christina McCauley (christina.mccauley@mail.house.gov). 

Sincerely,
 

Doris Matsui

Member of Congress

 


[i] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016.
Finding a path to safety in food allergy: Assessment of the global burden, causes, prevention, management, and public policy.
Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/reports/2016/finding-a-path-to-safety-in-food-allergy.aspx

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: HealthCare

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2117
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