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Canada Announces New Food Allergen Labeling Regulations

Thursday, February 17, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

Canada Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced this week new regulations to tighten Canada’s labeling of food allergens and gluten sources.

These regulatory amendments will require that the source of a food allergen or gluten be shown on the label of most prepackaged products when the food allergen or gluten is present in the product.  The food allergen or gluten source will be required to be shown on the product label in consistent and easy to understand terminology.  For example, if casein is present in a prepackaged product, the word “milk” will be shown on the product label.  The source of the food allergen or gluten will be shown either in the list of ingredients or in a “Contains” statement.

The industry has been given 18 months to implement the new allergen labeling regulations, with a deadline of August 4, 2012.

For more information, click here: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/allergen/project_1220_rias_eeir-eng.php

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