TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - After two decades of tireless advocacy by
thousands of Canadians, our organization is very pleased to see the
passage of important new regulations that will make food ingredient
labels easier to understand. However, we are very disappointed by the
federal government's decision to alter the regulations as proposed and
provide a special exemption to the brewery industry.
Anaphylaxis Canada is proud to stand with the national medical body for
allergy, other patient groups and close to 70% of Canadians who
recognize a fundamental principle: all Canadians have a right to know if there is an ingredient in their
food or beverages that can harm them.
For the millions of Canadians with food allergies or celiac disease,
this knowledge can be the difference between life and death.
The political decision to deviate from this principle by allowing a last
minute exemption for the brewery industry - against the advice of
medical experts, consumer and health advocates and the government's own
departmental advisors - defies logic and raises serious questions about
the credibility of its public consultation process.
The federal government can still demonstrate that it is serious about
protecting public health by quickly convening a meeting with the
brewery industry, patient groups and medical and health policy experts
to resolve this outstanding issue.
Our organization will continue to advocate for clear and fair labelling
rules for the brewery industry and will advise our members to call
individual beer companies for ingredient information should they have
questions before purchasing a product. And we encourage all Canadians
to learn more about what is in their beer products by visiting www.whatsinyourbeer.ca.
We thank those Members of Parliament who have been vocal in their
support of this issue, Health Canada staff for their professionalism,
other industry groups that consulted in good faith and are prepared to
abide by the new regulations and our community partners for their
efforts in this campaign. Finally, we thank the countless Canadians,
some of whom have overcome personal tragedy to be leaders in this
effort, for supporting clear and fair food and beverage labelling
SOURCE Anaphylaxis Canada
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