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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:04 pm 
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Hi gang -

Below is an announcement from Anaphylaxis Canada about some long overdue news!

Some of us in Ottawa were at the press conference. Check the TV news tonight (Radio-Canada, CBC, CTV, and others) and you may see some OASG members and their kids, as well as Epi-Man.

Although "may contain" statements are not included in the proposed amendments, it is a step in the right direction.

I would like to thank Gwen and everyone at Allergic Living for spearheading the recent letter-writing campaign -- discussed elsewhere on the forum -- and also everyone who took the time to send a letter.

Karen

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Dear Registrant -

We are pleased to inform you of an announcement made this afternoon by The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, related to labelling requirements for specific food allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites in pre-packaged foods. As things move forward in the regulatory process we will continue to work with government and other stakeholders to address food labelling issues in Canada and will keep you updated on this important initiative.

Click here to see Health Canada's press release:

Government of Canada Announces Proposed New Labelling Requirements to Protect Health of Canadians

Download our press release:

Grocery Shopping to be Safer for Millions of Canadians: Clearer food labelling requirements welcomed by Anaphylaxis Canada


Watch for news coverage about the announcement.

On behalf of the team at Anaphylaxis Canada, thank you all for making your voices heard. Together, we are making a difference!

Laurie Harada
Executive Director
Anaphylaxis Canada

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:01 pm 
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This is so huge. It doesn't just mean that my husband and I will spend less time in grocery stores, it will mean that daycares and families of classmates will find it easier when trying to purchase foods that are allergy friendly.

It will reduce greatly anxiety.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:45 pm 
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I'm looking forward to eating foods that have just listed: "natural flavours". i'm probably NOT allergic to a lot of them.

But with those old and fuzzy terms, who would know.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:19 am 
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Allergy labels, finally ( The Star)

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An estimated 600,000 Canadian adults and children suffer from severe food allergies, according to Anaphylaxis Canada. So it is welcome news that the federal government is finally beefing up food-labelling rules to ensure prepackaged goods carry clearer warnings if they contain deadly allergens.

The new regulations, in the planning stages since 2005, will require food producers to identify any of the top 10 allergens contained in their products in clear language rather than scientific terms. These include peanuts, wheat, milk and shellfish.

Current regulations require food makers to list the ingredients on labels of most packaged foods, but the components of certain ingredients have until now been exempted. For example, foods that contain "spice" now will have to list any potential allergens in the mix, Health Minister Tony Clement said in making the announcement.


http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/467732

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:54 pm 
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Clear and understandable food labelling matters
By LAURIE HARADA
Tue. Jul 29 - 5:58 AM


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Just last week, important progress was made. Federal Health Minister Tony Clement announced regulatory changes which, if implemented, will allow consumers to make more informed and safer choices when purchasing food. Some of the proposed changes include:

• Listing ingredients by their common names. As one example, milk sometimes appears on the label as casein or whey; under the proposed changes, it will soon appear as whey (milk)

• Removing some exemptions on foods that are not currently required to list their component ingredients. All priority allergens present in these exempted foods will now need to be declared on the label, such as flavouring derived from almond or sesame, or enhancers containing sulphite (at 10 PPM or over)

• Identifying the plant or animal source in the common name of all hydrolyzed proteins, starches, or lecithins. As one example, hydrolyzed protein is often made from soy or wheat, but the plant source is not required to be on the label. Under the new regulations, the plant source will need to be declared.


http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1070243.html

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