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Q My daughter has an extreme allergy to tree nuts, and now there are so many soaps and lotions out there with shea nuts or shea nut butter or oil. I have never heard of this “nut” before. Is it a true nut? If it is, am I right to assume that my daughter should avoid […]

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Peanut Allergy Rises in Montreal School Kids

Yet-to-be released research on Montreal schoolchildren shows the incidence of peanut allergy has increased – to almost 2 per cent of pupils. This makes it the highest such prevalence ever measured. The findings are early results of the second phase in a study of peanut allergy incidence in pupils in kindergarten up to Grade 3 […]

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News Report: Food Label Update

Comments Reviewed on Food Label Regulations Health Canada received more than 140 comments from consumers, allergy groups and manufacturers in regard to the proposed regulations for food allergen labeling. Dr. Antony Ham Pong, an Ottawa allergist who has been pushing for new rules for more than a decade, says he alone sent eight pages of […]

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News – AAAAI Tips on Hosting the Allergic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2008 Guess who’s coming to dinner: Hosting guests with allergies and asthma Media release from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology MILWAUKEE – This holiday season, many Americans will host gatherings with family and friends. Millions will have guests with allergy or asthma concerns. One in six Americans […]

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News – 2007

Allergy News – 2007 Labels Will Now Show ‘Hidden’ Allergens New regulations governing food labeling of allergens in Canada have been oft-delayed, but Health Canada finally has good news on that file. The department has announced interim guidelines to food manufacturers that end exemptions for undeclared, “hidden ingredients” in packaged foods. So when a seasoning, […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu): December update

In Canada and the United States, officials are encouraging people in high-risk groups (including, among others, those with asthma, small children and pregnant women) to get the shot as soon as possible. Check local newspapers and radio to see where the shot is available in your area. Egg allergic The vaccine was developed using egg, […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine Ingredients

Q. What are the ingredients of the H1N1 vaccine and adjuvant? A.The H1N1 vaccine Arepanrix has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline using the egg-based production method. This means the vaccine viruses are grown in eggs. This is true for the regular flu shot as well. The manufacturer states the level of ovalbumin (egg protein) in the adjuvanted […]

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Food Allergy: Naturopath Concerns

MDs raise objections to B.C. naturopath rules By Claire Gagné and Gwen Smith Proposed changes to the rules governing naturopaths in British Columbia have brought strong objections from Canada’s allergists, the B.C. Medical Association and allergy patient groups. The changes would include expanding the scope of practice for naturopathic doctors in the area of allergy, […]

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Food Allergy: Labeling in Canada

Canada Readies New Food Label Rules Soon, You Will Judge a Can by Its Cover By Gwen Smith They’ve been a long time coming, but coming they are. Health Canada says that new rules governing how manufacturers list allergens on the labels of packaged foods are entering the final stretch of regulatory acceptance this summer. […]

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