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‘May Contains’ on Canadian Food Labels

Note: For the U.S. version of this article, click here. They can be seen on the labels of cracker boxes, granola bars, cans of soup and many other products on grocery stores shelves. Precautionary statements, or “may contains”, warn customers that traces of an allergenic food might unintentionally have wound up in a packaged food. […]

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‘May Contains’ on Food Labels: What You Need to Know

This article is about “may conatins” in the United States. For the Canadian version, click here. Walk down any aisle at the supermarket and you’ll be greeted with labels of warning: “May contain peanuts”, “This product was produced in a facility that also has wheat”, and “Made on equipment that also processes milk” are just […]

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How to Read a Label When You Have Food Allergies

The tricks to understanding package labels.

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CDC Food Allergy Guidelines for Schools Across USA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the long-awaited school food allergy guidelines.

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Chips Are Canada’s First Certified Gluten-free Food

Canada has its first officially certified gluten-free product: Lay’s potato chips. In order to obtain the designation, four facilities in Canada and one in Mexico were certified under the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program. The chips, made by Pepsico Canada, for the most part have always been made without gluten, but now customers can […]

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Urine Test Predicts Asthma in Kids

A researcher with the AllerGen research network in Canada is hoping a urine test he’s developing will turn the grey area of diagnosing asthma into simple black and white. Asthma can be tricky for a doctor to diagnose, especially in young kids. Symptoms can mimic other diseases and spirometry, the breathing test to diagnose asthma, […]

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Cats Can Stay in Plane Cabins, CTA Rules

Three Canadians who filed complaints to the Canadian Transportation Agency about cats on airplanes are not happy with the outcome. The CTA deemed Sarah Daviau, David Spence and Katherine Covell disabled because of their cat allergies in regards to air travel and had ordered major carriers Air Canada and WestJet to create policies that would […]

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Food Allergen Labeling in Canada: Inside the Issue

Background When you have food allergies, reading packaged goods labels becomes a way of life. But recognizing if your allergen is in the product isn’t always easy. Sometimes allergens can be hidden (e.g. as “natural flavours” or “spices” or “hydrolized protein”) or referred to in consumer-unfriendly scientific names. In Canada, the allergy and celiac communities […]

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Celiac’s Tiny Offenders

Scientists in Australia are reporting that they’ve found the culprits that make gluten intolerable to people who have celiac disease.

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Dog and Cat Allergies Make Ragweed Worse

Scientists are discovering that if you have year-round allergies, for example, dog, cat or dust mite allergies, you’ll be hit extra hard once ragweed season rolls along. The study, which put 123 people with ragweed allergy in a specially-controlled room with their allergen for three hours, found that those who were also allergic to dogs, […]

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