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New Policy on “May Contain” Labels On Its Way

Health Canada has finally released the findings of its public consultation about precautionary labeling of allergens.

From 2009 to 2010, Health Canada consulted with key stakeholders, including the Canadian public, on policy options to improve the use of precautionary labeling (also known as “may contain” labelling) in identifying the potential presence of allergens in packaged foods. Currently, “may contain” labeling is used on a voluntary basis in Canada, as well as in many other countries, including the U.S.

The proposed options for improving the policy ranged from keeping “may contain” statements voluntary to making them mandatory by law.

The findings of the consultation:

To read the full summary of Health Canada’s public consultations about precautionary food allergen labeling, click here. [2]

posted September, 2011