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New Allergen Labeling Rules Take Effect In Canada

New allergen labelling regulations for most foods sold in Canada took effect last Friday.

OTTAWA, (CNW) — New allergen labelling regulations for most foods sold in Canada took effect last Friday. 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.

Please see Health Canada's Fact Sheet for information on what to look for with the new allergen labels.

For more information on food allergies, food intolerances, and celiac disease, please visit:

Health Canada's Food Allergy and Intolerances Page

Health Canada's Allergen Labelling Page

Health Canada's Celiac Disease Page

CFIA's Food Allergens Page