When I speak to our American clients, I often hear how impressed they are with Canadian labelling. They have the erroneous impression that our laws are superior to their own. They’re wrong and we may be finding out just how much by the end of 2010.
American lawmakers passed FALCPA (Food Allergen Labelling Consumer Protection Act) in 2004 and it became mandatory in 2008. Health Canada started its process for new labelling laws a decade ago and they still haven’t been completed. In fact, an urgent letter for support from many of Canada’s allergy and Celiac support groups went out today that indicates if the proposed laws do not pass by the end of 2010, they will expire!
I realize that Health Canada is trying to be careful to address many health concerns and is listening to many stakeholders. I’ve participated in the consultation process both personally and representing Nonuttin’ Foods. But can you imagine a business or household that ran this way? Read more »
Do you ever wonder why you never see the words allergy free on our products or website?
I began using the term allergy friendly about 6 years ago and ever since then have been correcting those who refer to Nonuttin’ products as allergy free. While I can understand that like “gluten free”, it’s a quick and easy way to refer to products that are designed for those with food allergies, it doesn’t communicate the true reality of food allergies. Read more »
I had a friend who had an anaphylactic reaction to MRI dye last Monday. In for an MRI to determine answers for a health issue, she had never before had an anaphylactic reaction to anything and had no food allergies. Her only previous reaction to anything was a very swollen leg last year after a bee sting.
The scary part to me is what happened when she told the technician she was feeling funny and hit the panic button. To be fair, MRIs and CAT scans are rather tight spaces and more than one patient has been known to have panic attacks so this was how she was initially treated. A doctor was called in who took her vitals which appeared to be fine so she was led through breathing exercises to “calm down”. When she began to have difficulty talking due to a swelling throat and tongue, they then noticed that her back was covered in hives. This is when she asked, “Can’t you give me something to stop this?” Read more »
Just when Health Canada has recognized mustard as Canada’s 11th priority allergen, word is that mustard flour is a bacteria killer in processed meat products. This might be good news for Canada’s beleagured processed meat industry after major recalls due to listeria over the last year that killed several people.
A recent study at the University of Manitoba and reported in Food in Canada shows that heat treated cold mustard powder used as a binder, not as a spice, in meat products such as sausage will create toxins that kill off E.coli bacteria. It’s a natural way to ensure that E.coli, a potentially life threatening bacteria when ingested, cannot contaminate our processed meats. Read more »