Notice to the reader: The online consultation is now closed. Comments and suggestions received during the public consultation period are being considered in the finalization of this document. The final report will be made available as soon as possible.
As part of the development of new policies and regulations for food allergen labelling, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are undertaking a public consultation. The goal is to update Health Canada's policy and guidelines on precautionary labelling so that they continue to contribute to achieving Health Canada's overall objectives:
Combining these goals poses a challenge since precautionary labelling is essential when the possible presence of allergens in food due to cross contact is real and unavoidable, but at the same time, overuse of these statements can unnecessarily limit choices for those with food allergies.
The overall objective of this consultation is to seek feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, and engage them in discussion of the identified issues and proposed actions that could improve the current approach to advising allergic individuals of the possible inadvertent presence of priority allergens in pre-packaged foods sold in Canada.
The specific objectives are the following:
The following key stakeholder groups will be invited to participate in the consultations:
The Precautionary Labelling of Allergens Consultations have two components:
A consultation document will be available online through links on the Health Canada, Canadian Food Inpection Agency (CFIA), and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Web sites.
The consultation workbook can be completed and submitted on-line starting November 13 til February 10, 2010 inclusive. Please select the following link to start the "Consultation Workbook".
Comments received from stakeholders and interested parties will be reviewed after the 90 day comment period.
Interested parties are encouraged to comment on the consultation workbook by February 10, 2010.
In addition to seeking written feedback, Health Canada will be holding regional workshops to focus discussions on key issues. A selection process will be used to ensure that key stakeholders are represented in appropriate proportions since space at these meetings will be limited.
Stakeholder workshop dates and locations can be found on the table below. If you are interested in participating, please send your expression of interest by email to the region nearest you. We will respond by email.
In your email request, please indicate clearly the following information:
If you are representing an organization:
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Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this Web site.
If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.