When Food Is Poison: The History, Consequences, and Limitations of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004

March 2006

61 Food and Drug Law Journal 65-166 (2006).

This article analyses the history, impact, and limitations of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA)-the first federal law enacted in the United States aimed directly at helping protect the health and safety of the over thirteen million Americans with certain food sensitivities. The FALCPA establishes a comprehensive scheme for labeling specified food allergens effective January 1, 2006, and implements the most sweeping changes to the food label in America since the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. The FALCPA's important benefits are explored, as well as its significant shortfalls.


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