Removing Coconuts from FDA’s Major Food Allergen List – Say what?

Posted on September 11, 2019 by



The Coconut Coalition of the Americas is going to spearhead the submission of a citizen petition (CP) requesting that FDA revise the FALCPA Guidance Document to remove coconut from the list of “tree nuts” identified as a major food allergen.

The 2004 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires foods to declare “major food allergens” (defined as: Milk, egg, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, or shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, or walnuts), wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.)

Note that coconuts are not included! A 2006 FDA guidance document on FALCPA includes a list of ingredients it identifies as “tree nuts” that includes coconut (Cocos nucifera). FDA is wrong – for two reasons:

Coconut is not a tree nut (even though it grows on a tree and is referred to as a nut)
and …. Coconut is not a major food allergen.

Does the FDA consider coconut a tree nut?

According to the FDA, coconut is a tree nut. … Tree nuts are considered to be one of the major allergens in the United States. This means that ingredients considered to be tree nuts, or derivatives of such, must be called out on food product labels for consumer transparency.

That is what the broo-haha is all about, and it would benefit the Coconut producers certainly.

The Coconut Coalition is looking for donations for this initiave.

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