Iowa’s Attorney General is among a group urging the F-D-A to require “plain English” in allergy warnings on food labels. Bob Brammer, a spokesman for the Attorney General, says 32 of the nation’s attorneys general support the move.Brammer says while there is ingredient information on food labels, the technical chemical names sometimes fail to alert people who are allergic to certain foods or substances. He says there might be flavorings, spice or colors that don’t tell about specific allergens.Brammer says the Attorneys General want F-D-A rules to force food manufacturers to print an 800-number on their labels so folks with questions have somewhere to call.About two percent of adults and up to eight percent of children have some sort of food allergy. Brammer estimates 50-thousand Iowans have some allergic reaction to some sort of food or ingredient.
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