The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidelines on Wednesday to protect people who have had food allergies, including lawn and vegetable allergies.
The guidance will require garden and ornamental manufacturers to ensure that the products they are making contain only a small amount of allergenic ingredients, such as soybean and corn.
The guidelines also recommend that manufacturers use a “safety margin” to ensure they are not using allergen-containing ingredients when making a product.
The FDA’s new guidelines are the latest in a series of new guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of allergies to foods, including grass-fed beef and pork.
The agency also said it is exploring the possibility of a ban on allergens in foods that are already listed on the FDA’s website.
“It’s not enough to just put a label on it,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at a press conference Wednesday.
“We have to be smart about it.”
The agency is considering banning some foods and products, including meat from animals raised without antibiotics and foods made from plant materials that do not come from grass-based crops, from being sold.