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Canadian Food Allergen Regulations Stalled

Canadian Food Allergen Regulations Stalled

While people in the United States have been abuzz with the passing of the Food Safety Bill, Canadians are anxiously awaiting a food-related bill as well.

In 2008, then Health Minister Tony Clement promised Canadians that new Food Allergen Labelling Regulations (e.g. for nuts, gluten, and more) would be passed after a stakeholder review. Health Canada conducted consultations with stakeholders, received their feedback, and even outlined specifically what changes it would or would not make to the regulations based on that feedback.

However, these regulations, which set out specific requirements for the labelling of food allergens, gluten and added sulphites, are not yet law. 
According to Allergic Living, if the legislation is not passed before the end of this year, they will have to start the decade-long process all over again. That will leave thousands of families dealing with allergies at risk because they do not have clear plain language information on what ingredients are in their food.

Allergic Living has started a letter campaign pressuring the government to take action and pass the regulations. They are asking people to write a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to stop delaying these regulations and get them passed into law.


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9:46PM PST on Dec 23, 2010


5:34AM PST on Dec 16, 2010

Thanks for sharing.

5:33AM PST on Dec 16, 2010

thanksfor sharing.

9:07PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

If a allergen is in a product and the company doesn't notify the buyer, then the person could have a serious allergy attack and not even know what caused it.

7:16AM PST on Dec 6, 2010


5:00PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Signed and sent. I blame the pro business Harper government for this delay, and other delays in regulating the food industry.

10:22AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

letter sent to Harper

10:18AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

it makes me mad that the Canadian government can't seem to regulate a healthy and safety matter.....


4:21AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

People should take allergies more seriously...hopefully those in the government do!

7:26PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Certainly the foods should be labeled properly if they contain an allergen that is known to affect any significant number of people.

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