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Hello everyone!

I've been more of a lurker here than much else, but I have been starting to post more, and right now I'm seeking some help!!

I'm 18, PN/TN allergic (as well as some other easily avoided things like mangoes, ha), and currently liv ein the US (NY, and now Boston.) In 6-8 weeks, I'll be relocating to Montreal, QC. I've noticed there seems to be a lot of differences regarding food safety and what not between the US and Canada... So to all Canadians, or anyone really, I would love if you could help answer some of this.

-What are the labeling laws in Canada? I've noticed a lot of things mared just with VEGETABLE OIL. Can that contain PN or does it have to be marked? -would anyone mind giving me a list, or link to a thread, that has a list of safe canadian brands/products? i'm terrible with computers, so I don't really know how to work this site. - Are nuts a common thing in Canada? I stayed in germany for awhile and I think I saw peanuts twice on the whole trip, while here in America, I encounter peanut-food constantly.

basic information, really. It's a big move for me, and while I'm super excited, the labeling and stuff is sort of a concern for me. Sorry this was long winded, and I hope someone will take the time to help me and my ridculousness. Thanks everyone!

On Sep 28, 2005

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Originally posted by sidni: [b]

sidni, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I'm Canadian, but in the Province of Ontario. The biggest difference with the Province of Quebec is that for the most part, French is the main language, rather than English, but I am sure that our labeling laws cover Quebec as well. We do have another member from Quebec that I know of, darthcleo and she might be quite helpful to you as well.

I've noticed there seems to be a lot of differences regarding food safety and what not between the US and Canada... So to all Canadians, or anyone really, I would love if you could help answer some of this.

I would say, from what I've read on the board here alone, that our labeling laws in Canada are *better* than they are in America, even when dealing with the same large corporations (Kellogg's, Kraft, etc.)

-What are the labeling laws in Canada? I've noticed a lot of things mared just with VEGETABLE OIL. Can that contain PN or does it have to be marked?

In Canada, if the vegetable oil is peanut oil it has to state peanut oil. It cannot simply say vegetable oil. Where this is actually written, I don't know - perhaps the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

-would anyone mind giving me a list, or link to a thread, that has a list of safe canadian brands/products? i'm terrible with computers, so I don't really know how to work this site.

The site that I use most often, when I don't use this site (which is rare) to check on large manufacturers is [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] Also, if you go into the Schools section here, there is a "safe" Snack and Lunch List posted, which might be helpful to you.

- Are nuts a common thing in Canada? I stayed in germany for awhile and I think I saw peanuts twice on the whole trip, while here in America, I encounter peanut-food constantly.

Yes, they're a common thing in Canada. I don't think they're as common as in America because they're not a huge cash crop here, but definitely yes, both peanuts and tree nuts are definitely something on most everyone's menu. I posted somewhere here about a recent study that indicated 88% of Canadian homes had peanuts in them. I'm unclear as to why 12% of homes don't, except for PA.

basic information, really. It's a big move for me, and while I'm super excited, the labeling and stuff is sort of a concern for me. Sorry this was long winded, and I hope someone will take the time to help me and my ridculousness. Thanks everyone!

I don't think you're being ridiculous at all! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I think this is a really big move. My sister lives in Montreal and probably has for nearly 20 years now and even for her, it was a *big* move, no food allergies involved, simply because she was moving from one province to another.

Also, our Ottawa members might be of some help to you because they live very close to the Quebec border and some of them may travel across to the city of Hull and they may have checked out labeling in Quebec just for the heck of it.

Good luck with your move - and please, don't feel that any question you have to ask is stupid. [/b]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 29, 2005

Hello Sidni. I have lived in Montreal all my life. My DD has been PA for almost 2 years now. We have a safe home because the labelling here is quite good. We stick to major brand names that label well for allergies such as Kraft, Dare cookies and crakers, Christie/Nabisco, Kelloggs, General Mills, Quaker, Betty Crocker, Trebor-Allen(candy) Kisco(freezie pops) Nestle, Chapmans(ice cream and novelties), Lambert(more ice cream) Weston Breads, Hersheys, and some smaller local companies such as Donut Time donuts, La Petit Bretone (bakery items like mini-croissants, chocolate buns,sold in packages at local supermarkets). If I am not sure I call or e-mail companies. Some supermarkets such as IGA label their private brands very well for allergies. Other supermarkets such as Loblaws are not consistant, but have a 1-800 number that you can call with the UPC bar code # and they tell you right away if the product is made in a nut free plant, or if peanuts are run on the same line ect.. Then you can make an informed decision if you will eat the product or not. We do not eat in restaurants too often, so I may not be the best person to ask, but from what I understand there are a number of "safe" places to eat at. I hope this helps. If you need more info please don't hesitate to ask, I would be happy to help you.

On Sep 30, 2005

Thank both of you so much. I know Canada and US are kind of like "sisters," but there is such a big difference and in matters like this I just want to be as informed as possible. I really appreciate the help! I've been doing a lot of researching. I'm big on restaurants--despite most people recommend I shouldn't be-- (I was raised in one, so I'm extremely cautious and INFORMED-- I probably know better than most people on the planet abot restaurant kitchens and how to judge safety, haha), so I'm going to be seeking out some super safe ones [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I'm so glad Canada is clued in to allergies. What a relief! I should have known [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 30, 2005

I forgot to mention there is also a support group in Montreal called Montreal Anaphylaxis Support Group or MASG. If you do a Google search, it sould easily take you there. It is a small group of about 25 people and we meet every 2 months to talk about diffrent things. Last meeting was about restaurants and travel. Good Luck!

On Sep 30, 2005

I am 25 with a PA, and I live in Montreal. I find that the labels are quite good on store bought goods. JUst remembre that the american version of certain foods sometimes has may contain traces of peanut warnings, when the Cdn versions do not (Ex. American Chips Ahoy cookies are unsafe, but the Canadian ones are o.k to eat). Store bought ice cream is limited to Chapmans and Lamberts (Chapmans is better!!) unlike the many options available in the states. Just READ EVERYTHING, each time you do groceries and you should be o.k! Stores with home brands such as Lowblaws has a hous ebrand called "Presidents Choice", their stuff tends to be safe, but I often call to double check. If you do not speak French well, I suggest you have a few wallet cards written up in French (for servers in restaurants/bakeries etc...). There are a few threads on "safe" places to eat in Montreal. Good luck with the move...

On Sep 30, 2005

sidni, there is a thread under Manufacturers about "no name" or "store brand" foods for both America and Canada and what ones different people feel comfortable with. I have noticed, 8 years into the journey, that store brands/no name are getting a LOT better regarding their labeling. At one point in time, I would not have purchased any store brands for my son at all, but now I do - ones that I feel are really well labeled.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 1, 2005

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Originally posted by sidni: [b]-What are the labeling laws in Canada? I've noticed a lot of things mared just with VEGETABLE OIL. Can that contain PN or does it have to be marked? [/b]

I've checked the Canadian Food Inspection Agency web-site (the Canadian equivalent to the FDA). If peanut oil is included, the label must say that - peanut oil CANNOT be hidden in the word vegetable oil.

Laws do NOT require the labelling of *may contains*, so you do need to check any companies specifically if you are unsure of their labelling - but peanut CANNOT be added without listing it on the lable.

On Oct 12, 2005

Thank you all very much for helping me. I lost internet access for a few weeks, I feel rude for not thanking everyone earlier. I will take all of your advice, and I greatly appreciate it..!

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