WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed along with the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed a bill this week that aims to help improve the health and safety of Americans with food allergies.
Known as the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act (FASTER Act), when enacted the legislation will help improve the health and safety of Americans with food allergies and related disorders, by updating allergen labeling laws, increasing research, expanding patient experience data to include food allergies, and studying the economic costs of food allergies.
In backing this initiative, the 24 Democrats and the 24 Republicans of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, have come together to make sure food allergies are regarded as a critical public health issue.
The FASTER Act recognizes that food allergies can be potentially life-threatening, and this bill will help to make progress to better understand their prevalence and risk factors.
It instructs the CDC to collect data on food allergy prevalence and add food allergies to the FDA’s priorities for collecting patient experience data to support drug development.
The bill was first introduced in the House by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and has 41 cosponsors.
The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprising 48 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who say they are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues.
It is co-chaired by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).