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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 12:37 pm 

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:38 pm
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Location: Toronto
I get allergy alerts and recalls from the Canadian Government. Recently they sent this e-mail, which I wanted to share. I found the fact sheets interesting.

As a subscriber to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's food recall list serv,
we thought that you may be interested in the New Food Allergens fact sheets that
are now available on our website at ... erge.shtml

The Government of Canada is committed to providing safe food to all Canadians.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada work closely with
municipal, provincial and territorial partners and industry to meet this goal.

In Canada, the nine Priority Food Allergens are peanuts, tree nuts (almonds,
Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts {filberts}, macadamia nuts, pecans, pinenuts,
pistachios, walnuts), sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish (including crustaceans e.g.
crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp) and shellfish (e.g. clams, mussels, oysters,
scallops)), soy, wheat and sulphites. These Priority Allergens have been shown
to account for more than 95% of severe adverse reactions related to food

The CFIA enforces Canada's labelling laws and works with associations,
distributors, food manufacturers and importers to ensure complete and
appropriate labelling of all foods. The CFIA recommends that food companies
establish effective allergen controls to minimize the potential for allergic
reactions. When the CFIA becomes aware of a potential serious hazard associated
with a food, such as undeclared allergens, the CFIA investigates and takes all
appropriate action to protect consumers, which may include a recall of the food

Help us keep Canadians informed. If you know anyone with food allergies, remind
them to sign up for the CFIA's free e-mail "Allergy Alerts and Food Recalls"
subscription service available at

Being informed about food recalls is helpful, practical and in some cases, can
be life-saving!

The entire site is bilingual, and alerts can be received in french. :)

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