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Enabling protected meals choices for Canadians with meals allergy

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New Allergen Administration Tips now obtainable for Canadian meals and beverage producers.

Toronto, ON, November 15, 2022: At the moment, Meals Allergy Canada is saying the discharge of Allergen Administration Tips for Meals Producers. These pointers help Canada’s 13,000 plus meals and beverage producers in managing allergens of their facility and enabling protected choices for customers with meals allergy.

Meals allergens resembling peanuts, shellfish, wheat, eggs, and milk have an effect on over 3 million Canadians, together with 600,000 kids and affect 1-in-2 households. This group depends on entry to correct ingredient data but present meals labelling practices, particularly precautionary allergen labelling, is complicated to customers making it troublesome to navigate protected meals choices.  

“Meals Allergy Canada, in collaboration with Université Laval’s Meals Threat Evaluation and Regulatory Excellence Platform, Maple Leaf Meals and main meals producers, developed these pointers to assist Canadian meals and beverage producers handle allergens of their amenities and information their choice on the suitable use of precautionary allergen labelling” stated Jennifer Gerdts, Govt Director, Meals Allergy Canada. “This strategy will assist present protected meals choices for our group and labelling they will belief.”   

The just lately launched, Allergen Administration Tips gives a framework for Canadian meals and beverage producers on the best way to develop an allergen management plan or assess their present plan inside their facility. The rules additionally embrace suggestions on using precautionary allergen labelling to make sure it may be used as an efficient threat communication instrument.

Managing allergens is a meals security precedence. Thought of a chemical hazard, allergens should be successfully managed all through the meals and beverage manufacturing course of with preventative management measures and in accordance with the Secure Meals for Canadians Act. “These pointers provide Canadian producers a risk-based strategy to handle meals allergens, with the goal to satisfy Canadian meals regulatory necessities whereas aligning with the newest worldwide recommendation stemming from the WHO/FAO Knowledgeable Session on meals allergen threat evaluation methodologies and allergen thresholds,” stated Prof. Samuel Godefroy, Full Professor, Meals Threat Evaluation and Regulatory Insurance policies within the Division of Meals Science and the Institute of Diet and Purposeful Meals (INAF), Université Laval.

“Meals allergy is a critical public well being situation and meals and beverage producers play a crucial function in serving to customers make protected product selections. With the Allergen Administration Tips, meals producers now have an business knowledgeable framework, that gives sensible suggestions for all sorts and sizes of producers,” stated Sharon Mohammed, Director, Authorities and Business Relations – Regulatory Administration – Maple Leaf Meals.

“I applaud the efforts of Meals Allergy Canada to develop pointers to assist producers set up their allergen management plans and standardize their precautionary allergen labelling. Our funding on this initiative will make it simpler for meals and beverage producers to satisfy Canadian meals security and allergen labelling necessities whereas serving to customers make knowledgeable meals buying choices.” – The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Meals

The Allergen Administration Tips for Meals Producers was developed utilizing a multi-stakeholder strategy, together with meals producers, academia, customers and allergists. This useful resource was knowledgeable by business greatest practices, worldwide business pointers, scientific and skilled group reviews, and Canadian meals producer experience.

The Allergen Administration Tips and associated assets together with on-line coaching and a consumer information may be downloaded from Meals Allergy Canada at foodallergycanada.ca/AllergenGuidelines.

Funding help: Funded partially by the Authorities of Canada below the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriAssurance Program, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative.

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About Meals Allergy Canada

Meals Allergy Canada is a nationwide charity and the nation’s main affected person group dedicated to educating, supporting, and advocating for the greater than 3 million Canadians impacted by meals allergy. The group focuses on bettering every day high quality of life by offering training and help wanted to successfully navigate this medical situation, constructing knowledgeable and supportive communities, and appearing because the nationwide voice on key affected person points.

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Beatrice Povolo
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Meals Allergy Canada
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