H.R.3684 - Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2003108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-18] (Introduced 12/08/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce|
|Latest Action:||12/17/2003 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3684 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (12/08/2003)
Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2003 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to set forth food labeling requirements for a food that is not a raw agricultural commodity and that is, or contains, a major food allergen (as defined by this Act).
States that: (1) any person may petition the Secretary of Health and Human Services to exempt a food ingredient from such requirements; and (2) the Secretary's determination of such a petition shall constitute final agency action.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct inspections to ensure compliance with practices to reduce or eliminate cross-contact with major food allergen residues, and ensure that major food allergens are properly labeled on foods; (2) issue a final rule to define, and permit use of, the term "gluten-free" on the labeling of foods; (3) improve food allergen data collection, including physician and health care provider education; (4) convene a panel of allergy and immunology experts to review food allergy research efforts; (5) pursue Food Code revisions in order to provide allergen-free food preparation guidelines for food establishments; and (6) include food allergy treatment in trauma and emergency care technical assistance.