Millions of Canadians who suffer from allergies or celiac disease will be able to see which of the food products are dangerous to them after new food allergen labeling regulations kick into effect this weekend.
The new regulations were approved by Health Canada and make it mandatory for manufacturers of food products to display ingredients which may cause allergic reactions.
AdvertisementThe ingredients, which include some of the common allergens such as peanuts, milk and soy, should be marked out either in the ingredients list or should be put in a statement on the pack starting with the word "contains".
"We know that there people out there with food allergies with celiac disease or sulphite sensitivity and they need to be able to avoid those kinds of triggers that could make them ill so in order to do that they need clear information on the label so they can read it, they can know whether or not that product is safe for them to eat", Health Canada's Michael Abbott said.
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