Most states in the U.S. do not have regulations regarding food allergies and restaurants. Ingredients in restaurant foods may vary. Cross-contact is also more likely. Many restaurants are becoming more food allergy aware though. Look for places that have food allergy policies and allergy menus. When you eat out, use these chef cards to let the restaurant staff know how to help you avoid allergic reactions to sesame.
If you see these ingredients on a label or menu, it means it contains sesame and is not safe for someone with sesame allergy. If the product is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufactured after Jan. 1, 2023, the word “sesame” must appear on the label. Keep in mind that some foods may have been manufactured or packaged before Jan. 1, 2023, so read every label every time.
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