Urgent action needed: Food label legislation may die

By Gwen Smith, Editor – Allergic Living Magazine

Your help is urgently needed. We need your voice to tell the Government of Canada that it must pass the food label legislation that it promised 2 years ago.

This legislation would require all food package labels to clearly and thoroughly list the top 10 priority allergens and gluten among ingredients.

In July 2008, following Allergic Living’s write-in campaign of 4,000 letters, the federal government announced it would push ahead with new regulations. We all greeted this as great news.

After a long consultation process, the regulations were ready in February. But still they are not law, still there are no firm answers on “when” they will become law.

Now, Allergic Living has learned that the regulations will expire by the year’s end if not passed. This will mean starting the whole process – a decade in the making – again from scratch. This is unconscionable!

Please join Allergic Living, Anaphylaxis Canada, AAIA, the Canadian Celiac Association, and other concerned groups by writing a letter (send by e-mail or mail) to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Also send copies to the Health Minister, your own MP, and President of the Treasury Board. (Contacts are below.)

Your voice, and your stories of how important accurate food labels are to you and your family, will make a difference. Together, we can make this happen. The government must hear that this legislation is not optional – these regulations are essential, and will in fact save lives.

See further information on the food label regulations and this campaign here: http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5984&p=34174#p34174

Please get your friends and family to write, too. Thank you so much for your action and your support!

Sincerely,

Gwen Smith
Editor, Allergic Living magazine

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Telephone: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900
Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq
Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Building
Tunney’s Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9

Telephone: (613) 992-2848
Fax: (613) 996-9764
Email: minister_ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca

Stockwell Day
President of the Treasury Board of Canada
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs
L’Esplanade Laurier, 9th Floor, East Tower
140 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R5

Telephone: (613) 995-1702
Fax: (613) 995-1154
Email: Day.S@parl.gc.ca

For your local MP’s address: http://bit.ly/9zujo9

Links of Interest:

• Health Canada Food Allergies and Labeling – here
• Regulations as published in Canada Gazette Part 1 – here
• Criteria for the evaluation of new priority allergens – here

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One thought on “Urgent action needed: Food label legislation may die

  1. Below is a reply I received from the Prime Minister’s Office…

    On behalf of the Prime Minister, thank you for your correspondence regarding food allergen labelling. The Government of Canada fully appreciates that food safety is very important to Canadians, and is pleased to receive their suggestions and opinions on this issue.

    You may be assured that your message has been carefully reviewed. As a copy of your message has already been sent to the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, I am certain that she will also appreciate being made aware of your views, and will give them every consideration.

    I have taken the liberty of forwarding a further copy of your correspondence to the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to whom your views will also be of interest.

    Once again, thank you for taking the time to write.

    P. Monteith
    Executive Correspondence Officer
    for the Prime Minister’s Office
    Agent de correspondance
    de la haute direction
    pour le Cabinet du Premier ministre

    >>> >>> From : David Fowler Received : Nov 2 2010 5:09:04 PM >>>

    Two years ago your government promised food label legislation.

    The legislation would require all food package labels to clearly and
    thoroughly list the top 10 priority allergens and gluten among ingredients.

    As a person with Celiac Disease, and a father a 6 year with it, it’s a
    huge deal. Food allergies affect approximately 5% of Canadians.

    Let’s get going on this and put it on the order paper ASAP.

    It’s a no brainer.

    Thanks.

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