Matsui Introduces Legislation Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act

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Washington, April 8, 2019 | comments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) today announced a bill to encourage further research, education and treatment of food allergies.

The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act helps to improve the health and safety of Americans with food allergies and related disorders. The bill updates allergen labeling laws, increases research, expands patient experience data to include food allergies, and studies the economic costs of food allergies.

“Food allergies impact the daily lives of so many Americans, including our friends and family members,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Some of these food allergies can be serious and potentially be life-threatening diseases, and it’s become abundantly clear to me that we need more research and evidence-based solutions to help understand, treat, and maybe one day prevent food allergies. I am pleased to introduce this commonsense bill that draws attention to food allergens as a public health issue. I hope this legislation will provide progress treating allergens and improving the lives of those suffering from them.”

“Rep. Matsui is a passionate advocate for the 32 million Americans living with food allergies. Food allergy is a growing public health crisis for which there is no cure, and the FASTER Act will provide crucial support for patients whose only current course of treatment is avoidance and a trip to the emergency room,” said FARE CEO Lisa Gable. “We have seen amazing advances in the field of food allergy over the last decade, but the needs of our community are greater than ever before. The FASTER Act will help put us on a path toward more effective solutions, and ultimately, finding a cure.”

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