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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:15 am 

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But the Brewers Association of Canada may threaten the passage of the regulations because it wants to be granted an exemption from the rules.

The beer makers say there is no need for a label on beer bottles that warns if the product is made with barley or wheat, because beer, by definition, has to contain barley or wheat.

What's more, says Andre Fortin, a spokesman for the Brewers Association of Canada, anyone with a wheat or barley allergy or gluten intolerance knows full well that beer is off-limits to them.

"This is an already highly educated population that knows that beer is something they can't consume without a reaction. They know what they can and cannot have," Fortin said in an interview.

He points out that the labelling regulations could be costly for small and medium-sized breweries such as Steam Whistle Brewery and Mill St. Brewery, who don't use paper labels, but instead use painted labels.

"They re-use their bottles up to 20 times," says Fortin. "So this measure would have serious cost implications for them. They're worried that they'd have to change their entire bottle fleet."

But Anaphylaxis Canada and the Canadian Celiac Association are worried that the brewers could use their influence to derail the regulations, which are close to being approved. ... er-110125/


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