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Another food is primed to join the 'big eight' allergens

Just a handful of foods, ominously referred to as the “big eight,” are considered major allergens in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, and soy. They’re the products that, according to federal law, must be clearly labeled on packaged foods, and are what probably comes to mind if someone is taking allergies into consideration for a meal. But sesame, which isn’t currently given this treatment, is more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study—and might be common enough to warrant inclusion.
Sesame seed buns are hazardous for more people than previously thought
Sesame seed buns are hazardous for more people than previously thought (Tom Sodoge/Unsplash/)

Just a handful of foods, ominously referred to as the "big eight," are considered in the United States: milk, eggs, , tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, , and soy. They're the products that, according to federal law, must be clearly labeled on packaged foods, and are what probably comes to mind if someone is taking allergies into consideration for a meal. But sesame,

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