By David Fowler
Earlier in the Spring the federal government went ahead with the new ingredient labeling law with the noticeable exception of beer. Those in the allergic community cheered the changes which would see it mandatory for food products to be labeled with the most common allergens, including gluten, by August 2012.
Despite 10 years in the making of the regulation, the beer industry started a last minute lobby against the regulation which threatened to derail the entire effort. To its credit, the government went ahead with the regulation, but provided an exemption for beer.
There may now be some hope for allergic beer consumers. The attached letter from Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq suggests that the government is in consultation with the beer industry and that the final regulations will be well received by Canadians.
Let’s hope that’s the case so that beer lovers too can know exactly what is in their beer.