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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:27 pm 
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p.s. Thanks for the nice earlier words, everyone. I did have a pretty awful day that day.
But if this is the type of lobbying we're up against - e.g. from the beer cos. - at least it's now in the open.

I did write to the NatPost reporter's editor. Rather than dwelling on spilled milk and reporting ethics too much, just told her the real story here was how the beer companies were trying to pull down important regulations that are essential to millions and cost millions in health care dollars just because of their own petty little piece in this.

She wrote me back politely, saying they plan to follow up with a consumer affairs reporter. I hope she's being sincere.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:48 pm 
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Celiac Assn's awesome release: Health And Safety Of Millions Of Canadians At Stake Over A Beer?

http://bit.ly/gJrdqE

The pressure is on. Bring it, people. :thumbsup

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:16 am 
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Loved that article!
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-12% of allergic/gluten reactions need to be treated in emergency rooms
-14,000 allergy-related visits in the last year required 400 hospital stays
- Emergency and hospital visits cost Canadians over $5 million per year
- The direct and indirect economic burden of food allergy/gluten reactions to Canadian households managing these conditions exceeds $5 billion per year

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:20 am 
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Another article: http://www.westerngazette.ca/2011/01/25 ... -for-beer/

I can't copy and paste the quote I wanted to from the article but about two-thirds down you'll see that they have a concern over the allergen labelling affecting the artwork on the beer bottle. :banghead

Honestly! Attempting to derail clear labelling regulations on food designed to save lives to ensure the artwork on beer bottles isn't affected? Hope they're sleeping well at night, now that they've got their priorities straight.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:33 am 
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“[We] concentrate a lot on the artwork and to add something onto a label could detract from it,” Buttery said.

http://www.westerngazette.ca/2011/01/25 ... -for-beer/

That's Paul Buttery, brewer at Barrie’s Flying Monkey Craft Brewery.

:frightened God forbid you should have to change your picture, all for the sake of saving lives! Some consumers can be sooo annoying. :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:30 pm 
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Keep the heat on, peeps.

The write-in has now surpassed 2,000 letters. Let them know.
I just phoned the Prime Minister's Office.

Have you?

Reminder of Anaphylaxis Canada's call to action:

1. Call Prime Minister Stephen Harper office at (613) 992-4211 as soon as possible.

2. Join Allergic Living's write-in campaign: http://www.allergicliving.com/petitions/food-labelling/

3. Contact your Member of Parliament. Click here to find your local MP: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compila ... x?menu=hoc

Please tell the Prime Minister and your MP that people with food allergies and those who shop for them need clearer food labeling on all food packages and beverage labels. It's a matter of life and death. And public safety is more important than private interests.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:26 pm 
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CTV online - better coverage, but still too much beer focus IMHO:

Food allergy groups, beer industry at odds over labels


Representatives of Canadians affected by food allergies and celiac disease are worried that planned food labelling changes could be scuttled because of lobbying by the beer industry.

The labelling changes, first announced in July 2008, would make it easier for people with allergies to understand what's in their food.

The new regulations would call for clearer language on their ingredient lists and would alert consumers whether the food or beverage contains one of more of 10 known allergens, such as milk, eggs, nuts or sulphites.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/201101 ... er-110125/

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Got an e-mail from AL's friends at AFAA, the big Minnesota anaphylaxis group.

Here's a good point to make in conversation with MPs, Harper's Office:

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A powerful economic argument for Canadian food labeling may be compliance with FALCPA for any products exported to the U.S.


Right, get labeling or you can't export to the U.S.!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:05 pm 
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Not entirely sure, but I believe beer labels are different when exported to the US already, as Cdns measure alcohol per volume and they measure alcohol per weight, or vice versa.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:40 am 
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http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/10-f ... t-2443353/
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Most beer. Guinness is filtered using tiny amounts of gelatin derived from fish bladders. And it's not alone. While some beers are vegan, others are filtered using egg whites or sea shells, according to barnivore, a vegan beer and wine guide.

Just happened across this.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:02 pm 
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Celiacs Guide to Gluten Free Beer
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30583.asp

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