Canada Gains New Allergen Labeling Requirements

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Health/Research | 0 comments

… The Global Gluten Free (and Allergen-Free) Community is Being Heard (Again)!

This information just came in hot off the presses and I wanted to share it with you right away. The new Canadian labeling laws now require all “Priority Allergens” to be labeled in “plain language.” Canada’s Priority Allergens include: Peanuts, Tree Nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts), Milk, Eggs, Seafood (fish, crustaceans, shellfish), Soy, Wheat, Sesame Seeds, Mustard, and Sulphites. These ingredients must be included on the product label either in the list of ingredients or in a “contains XXXX” labeling. 

Be sure to read the links and the press release included below for more detailed information. I’m quite excited about this new labeling requirement … the collective Gluten-free Community voice (and multiple allergens) is being heard internationally (again), and (on a personal note) I travel to Montreal for business (and vacation) occasionally and this will make my gluten/dairy/shellfish-free travel that much easier. Congratulations to those who live, or travel, to Canada! 

Safe food is a journey … Thrive™ (And Travel)!


"Updated Allergen Labelling Rules Now in Effect

Providing Families More Accurate Information About the Food They Eat

OTTAWA, Aug. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – New allergen labelling regulations for most foods sold in Canada will take effect today. The new regulations, which were announced on February 14, 2011 by The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, will help parents and Canadians who suffer from food allergies make more informed choices about the foods they buy.

"Our government is committed to supporting parents and all Canadians by providing the tools they need when shopping for themselves and their families," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Today, we take another important step by providing Canadians who live with allergies and celiac disease with clearer labels so they can identify foods they can safely eat".

The new regulations will benefit Canadians in a number of ways. They will provide clearer ingredient labels so that consumers can better avoid foods that contain the ingredient to which they are allergic or sensitive. The department has also refined its definition of gluten-free, which will increase food choices available to Canadians dealing with celiac disease.

As well, the strengthened regulations will provide manufacturers with clear requirements so that allergens, gluten sources, and sulphites are labeled in a consistent manner. These new requirements are aimed at reducing the number of food recalls and adverse reactions.

Please see Health Canada's Fact Sheet for information on what to look for with the new allergen labels.

For more information on food allergies, food intolerances, and celiac disease, please visit:

Health Canada's Food Allergy and Intolerances Page

Health Canada's Allergen Labelling Page

Health Canada's Celiac Disease Page

CFIA's Food Allergens Page

SOURCE Health Canada"

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