Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Food Labelling Regulations

After years of advocating for clear and accurate labelling, the Canadian government announced yesterday that they have passed the food labelling regulations we've all been waiting for. Effective August 2012, any hidden ingredients will have to be listed. This is great news for anyone with an allergy, or with celiac disease. It is the expectation that labels will be clear. For example, in the case of a product with sesame, instead of listing seasonings as an ingredient, the new regulation would require the word sesame to be written.

The one catch is the Health Minister did not pass this regulation to the brewery industry. So... the campaign continues, but at least this is a step in the right direction.






  1. Now if only the U.S. will follow suit! Although, I'm not going to hold my breath. :(

  2. For your sake I hope so. I do a lot of cross border grocery shopping and I don't trust anything unless I call customer service first. I'm just happy it was finally passed, it was years in the making. There was a tremendous public campaign where citizens wrote countless letters...


  3. Hi Jen,
    We live in America and have not traveled outside of the States with our PA daughter yet. We are thinking of travelling to Montreal and Quebec for vacation soon but afraid of how to ask restaurants to make sure the food we order is nut-free and cooked without cross contamination. Do you feel that most restaurants in Montreal and Quebec are very aware of allergies and very accommodating? We don't speak French. Please let us know if you feel it is safe for us to travel there. Thank you very much, Winnie