Updated Allergen Labelling Rules Now in Effect
Providing Families More Accurate Information About the Food They Eat
OTTAWA, Aug. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – New allergen labelling regulations for most
foods sold in Canada will take effect today. The new regulations, which
were announced on February 14, 2011 by The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health, will help parents and Canadians who suffer from
food allergies make more informed choices about the foods they buy.
“Our government is committed to supporting parents and all Canadians by
providing the tools they need when shopping for themselves and their
families,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Today, we take another important
step by providing Canadians who live with allergies and celiac disease
with clearer labels so they can identify foods they can safely eat”.
The new regulations will benefit Canadians in a number of ways. They
will provide clearer ingredient labels so that consumers can better
avoid foods that contain the ingredient to which they are allergic or
sensitive. The department has also refined its definition of
gluten-free, which will increase food choices available to Canadians
dealing with celiac disease.
As well, the strengthened regulations will provide manufacturers with
clear requirements so that allergens, gluten sources, and sulphites are
labeled in a consistent manner. These new requirements are aimed at
reducing the number of food recalls and adverse reactions.
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SOURCE Health Canada