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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Good News About Nutrition Facts and Allergies

Canada's new food allergen labelling regulations came into force on August 4, 2012.  Patients are just now starting to reap the benefits from the new labeling guidelines.  When counseling patients about celiac disease ( gluten-free diets ) or people with food allergies, it is now easier to determine what foods to choose and foods to avoid.
The Food and Drug Regulations require that most prepackaged foods carry a label and that the ingredients appear on labels in decreasing order of proportion. However, some ingredients used in food products which were previously exempt from declaration in the list of ingredients, (e.g., components of margarine, seasoning and flour) will now be required to appear on food labels also.
Based on consultations with stakeholders, including allergy associations and the medical community, Health Canada developed amendments to the Regulations to enhance labelling requirements for specific priority allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites in prepackaged foods sold in Canada.
Health Canada first published its proposed regulatory amendments in Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 26, 2008 to allow for public comment. Health Canada then took into consideration all comments received until November 28, 2008 before bringing the final regulations forward and publishing them in the Canada Gazette, Part II. For information on the federal government's regulatory process, Next link will take you to another Web site
For more information on Canada's Food Allergen Labelling Regulatory Amendments, please see the following information:
March 2012


Theresa Schneider Speaks to Members of the Ontario Medical Association

Karley Hassard of GoodLife Fitness Wellness Services asked Theresa to Facilitate a Nutrition Workshop for the local chapter of the Ontario Medical Association.  Schneider presented topics related to sports nutrition, healthy eating on the run and the latest trends in nutrition services: nutrigenomics and non-celiac mild wheat intolerance.
The evening was a great event at the Pan Chancho Restaurant in Kingston Ontario.