Proposed New Labelling Requirements

Government of Canada Press Release

OTTAWA – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced increased protection for Canadians with food allergies by introducing new labelling requirements for food allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites contained in prepackaged foods. Health Canada also announced the launch of several allergy studies, including a large national study of food allergy prevalence, and two studies on the dietary habits and coping skills of people with celiac disease who are on a gluten-free diet.

The improved regulations would require that manufacturers declare all food allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites on labels of prepackaged foods. The regulations would also detail exactly how these allergens, glutens and sulphites are to be listed on food labels.

The announcement followed a letter writing campaign to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, requesting that these long-delayed regulations be put into law.

To view the complete press release on the Health Canada website:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2008/2008_117-eng.php

For more information on the proposed Food Allergen Labelling Regulatory Amendments:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/allergen/index-eng.php

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