Doctors, consumer and health advocates call on Prime Minister to approve
OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being asked to
act on the concerns of millions of Canadians with food allergies and
celiac disease and listen to the advice of prominent national medical,
consumer and health organizations and pass proposed federal food
labelling regulations now. The Prime Minister is also encouraged to
heed the results of a new public opinion poll showing close to 70% of
Canadians want regulations to affect all pre-packaged food and
beverages and not grant a special exemption for the beer industry.
According to Angus Reid Public Opinion, 67% of Canadians approve of the
proposed rules so they apply to all food and beverage companies, while
only 21% believe the government should change the proposed rules to
exempt the brewery industry from having to declare common allergens,
gluten sources and sulphites. A solid majority of Canadians support the
proposed regulations across all regional, demographic and education
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, groups in support of the Proposed Amendments to Enhance the Labelling of Allergens, Gluten
Sources and Added Sulphites argue that consumers have a right to know if there are ingredients in
food and beverage products that can trigger a potentially
life-threatening allergic reaction. They explain why the Prime Minister
should reject the last minute opposition to the proposed regulations
from the influential multi-national brewery industry and respect the
commitment of his own Health Minister to pass these new rules in early
2011. The full letter to the Prime Minister can be read here: http://www.anaphylaxis.ca/content/whatsnew/hot_topics.asp.
After twelve years of advocacy from the community for clearer food
labelling, the new regulations were created to make it easier for
people to understand food ingredient labels. As there is no way of
predicting how severe an allergic reaction may be and no known cure for
anaphylaxis, avoidance of allergens is the only means of staying safe.
Food allergy is one of the leading causes of potentially
life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.
"After 18 months of public and stakeholder consultation and widespread
support from consumers, industry and the medical community, it is time
for this government to move forward and pass these food labelling
regulations now," said Laurie Harada, Executive Director of Anaphylaxis
Canada and herself the parent of a teen with multiple food allergies.
Anaphylaxis Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping
those at risk for anaphylaxis and those who care for them. We are
committed to creating a safer world for people with food allergies
through research, education and advocacy. More information can be found at www.anaphylaxis.ca.
About the survey:
From January 31 to February 1, 2011, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online
survey among 1,023 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid
Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling
variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been
statistically weighted according to the most current education, age,
gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the
entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals
are due to rounding.
SOURCE Anaphylaxis Canada
For further information:
Principal, Empower Consulting
for Anaphylaxis Canada