Celiac and Canadian Label Laws

Please take a look at the following e-mail I received and take action if you are Canadian.


Dear Friends,

Your help is urgently needed. We need your voice to tell the Government of Canada that it must pass the food label legislation that it promised 2 years ago.

This legislation would require all food package labels to clearly and thoroughly list the top 10 priority allergens and gluten among ingredients.

In July 2008, following Allergic Living’s write-in campaign of 4,000 letters, the federal government announced it would push ahead with new regulations. We all greeted this as great news.

After a long consultation process, the regulations were ready in February. But still they are not law, still there are no firm answers on “when” they will become law.

Now, Allergic Living has learned that the regulations will expire by the year’s end if not passed. This will mean starting the whole process – a decade in the making – again from scratch. This is unconscionable!

Please join Allergic Living, Anaphylaxis Canada, AAIA, the Canadian Celiac Association, and other concerned groups by writing a letter (send by e-mail or mail) to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Also send copies to the Health Minister, your own MP, and President of the Treasury Board. (Contacts are below.)

Your voice, and your stories of how important accurate food labels are to you and your family, will make a difference. Together, we can make this happen. The government must hear that this legislation is not optional – these regulations are essential, and will in fact save lives.

See further information on the food label regulations and this campaign here: http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5984&p=34174#p34174

Please get your friends and family to write, too. Thank you so much for your action and your support!


Gwen Smith

Editor, Allergic Living magazine

Contact Information

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A2

Telephone: (613) 992-4211

Fax: (613) 941-6900

Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq
Health Canada

Brooke Claxton Building

Tunney’s Pasture

Postal Locator: 0906C

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9

Telephone: (613) 992-2848

Fax: (613) 996-9764

Email: minister_ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca

Stockwell Day
President of the Treasury Board of Canada

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs

L’Esplanade Laurier, 9th Floor, East Tower

140 O’Connor Street

Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R5

Telephone: (613) 995-1702

Fax: (613) 995-1154

Email: Day.S@parl.gc.ca

For your local MP’s address:


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