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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:31 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:53 pm
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Location: Canada
My understanding--and I'm not sure if this is correct--is that sulphites need to be declared if they are a separate ingredient but that if sulphites are part of an ingredient of an ingredient (like sulphites are sometimes in glucose) that it doesn't have to be on the label.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:57 pm 

Joined: Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:30 pm
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Location: Burnaby, BC
Some very good comments and interesting perspectives on "may contain" statements in this thread.

AnnaMarie has pointed you to a very good resource that has been used as the basis for establishing the list of priority or most most frequent allergens in Canada. I keep a copy close at hand for when I am asked about prevalence of specific allergens!

You are all correct that "may contain" labelling is not mandatory; it is carried out under a voluntary agreement between government, industry and allergy consumer groups and was first established in March 1993 in order to enable individuals with sensitivities to make informed choices about the foods they consume. This policy continues and you will find it mentioned in a number of documents posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, such as: ... ense.shtml

Health Canada and CFIA have created a set of pamphlets on the most frequent allergens including peanuts, tree nuts and sulphites, which can be accessed at: ... erge.shtml or ... dex_e.html

These pages also provide access to many other documents on food allergens, including the regulatory proposal to enhance the labelling of the priority allergens in foods.

Note that over the years we have tried to be very careful in our communications on food allergens, including references to peanuts and tree nuts, as a means to encourage others to use the correct names and to avoid confusion.

One document which you may find useful as we await movement on the regualtory proposal is Annexes 2-1 to 2-4, from the Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising which summarizes use of mandatory common names, class names, ingredients exempt from component declarations, preparations exempt from component declarations, etc..

Please see: ... 1e.shtml#1

I trust this information will be helpful.

Lance Hill
Regional Food Liaison Officer
Health Canada

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