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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:15 pm 
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I get e-updates from Eat, Learn, Live (ELL) , a not-for-profit foundation (in the US) created to raise awareness of food labeling inaccuracies, to provide advocacy in creating safe educational environments, and to provide tools to assist those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.

They have a very cool little tool for reporting labelling complaints:

http://ellfoundation.org/labeling-complaints/

I have to say, I find it very empowering to see someone making an effort to police the manufacturers and hold them accountable for their labelling.

I hope that when the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations are updated, that someone in Canada sets up some kind of tool like this.

K.

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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: Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:44 pm 
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Wow, one company's product contained milk protein but the label did not indicate this and the company refused to take action? :shock:
Would the FDA get involved then?
Unbelievable!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:42 pm 
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I think this is why ELL was started - because there is no action being taken when companies have this kind of situation.

If you read the text on the page I linked to, you'll see that it says this:

"The greatest deficiency, however, of the 2004 act is the lack of repercussions and/or penalties for those manufacturers not adhering to the law’s specifications. As a result, manufacturers are not monitored for accuracy of labeling and no procedures or actions are dictated to respond to labeling inaccuracies. Instead, any recall of product is a voluntary response often not followed by manufacturers who receive mislabeling complaints."

I find the Tofutti Cuties reports disturbing, myself.

K.

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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: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:59 pm 
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Maybe, if I get a chance, I'll write to them and voice my unhappiness at their inaction.

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Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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