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Canada Will Now Require Labels To Identify Allergens

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Harper Government Strengthens Food Allergen Labelling Regulations

News Release

February 14, 2011

Backgrounder: Changes to Enhanced Allergen Labelling Regulations

OTTAWA - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orl

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This is a strengthening of an already comprehensive labeling regulation. Disclosure of wheat is already required.

The use of the term "gluten-free" is allowed today only if nothing derived from wheat, barley, rye or oats is present in the product.

Vague terms like "vegetable protein" and "food starch" are strongly discouraged under current guidelines. Manufacturers are expected to name the source. So, you typically see "hydrolyzed soy protein" or "modified corn starch."

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