Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act, bipartisan legislation that she cosponsors. The FASTER Act directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand data collection of information related to food allergies and specific allergens. There are currently eight major food allergens that must be clearly identified on any food label, and this bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make additions to the list based on scientific criteria, including prevalence and severity, that shows the food is a public health concern.

“Food allergies impact the lives of many North Country residents and Americans each day, and some can be very serious and potentially life threatening,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to vote in favor of this important legislation to improve the health and safety of those living with food allergies. I look forward to witnessing the impact that this legislation has at CDC, HHS, and FDA, and how they utilize new data to research evidence-based solutions to help understand and treat food allergies.”