Canadian Labelling Campaign--ON NOW!

Posted on: Fri, 04/06/2001 - 11:42pm
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pHealth Canada is about to finally propose an amendment to food-labelling regulations to require that the presence of any common food allergen in a food be noted in the ingredient list. The Canadian chapter of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest has started a mail/fax campaign to let Health Minister Allan Rock know that this issue matters to Canadians. Send your message of support now to Minister Allan Rock, Health Canada, Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture, P.L. 0913C, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9. Fax: 613-952-1154 and E-mail: [email]minister@www.hc.sc.gc.ca[/email]/p
pYour message could go something like this: I urge you to ensure that food labels completely and accurately list the presence of known allergens including those used in flavourings, that food manufacturers adopt measures to prevent the unintentional contamination of their products with undeclared food allergens, and that food manufacturers include a toll-free telephone number on their labels that consumers can call for information about ingredients./p
pFor more information about this campaign see [url="http://www.cspinet.org/canada"]www.cspinet.org/canada[/url] /p
pAlso check out the Media section for a link to a full-text article of related interest./p

Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2001 - 3:07am
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My immediate reaction was yes, of course, right away. Then I looked at your link and now I'm all confused. The link addressed only nutrition labelling rather than allergen warnings.
What is the proposal to Health Canada, what allergens are they proposing to include on the labels. How is it different to what is being labelled now? How can we follow this and become more involved? Are you involved in making changes to labelling in Canada?
How much of a response are you looking for we could encourage people on our contact.
lists to also email Health Canada etc..
Sorry for so many questions!

Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2001 - 3:21am
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I am sorry, I was told they had put up notice of the new campaign but it is not there yet--it is mentioned in the Canadian Edition of the Nutrition Action Health Letter and is similar to the ongoing U.S. campaign that is discussed in the U.S. edition of the Nutrition Action Health Letter. There is a link to the U.S. info from the Media section of this web site. For details on the ongoing evaluation of allergen labelling in Canada see instead [url="http://www.cfia-acia.agr.ca/english/toc/labetie.shtml"]www.cfia-acia.agr.ca/english/toc/labetie.shtml[/url] and watch the above link for more information on the current campaign once it is posted there.
No draft legislation has come forward to date but it is expected and I will watch the government bills as I receive them here at the library and will let you all know.
Thanks for caring and my apologies about the mistaken link.
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Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2001 - 4:09am
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Kathyrn, have you had any dealings with Allan Rock before? Do you know if he will respond to e-mails? I do know that a lot of politicians still prefer the "hard" copy in regular mail. I'm wondering if he's one of them or if you would know that information.
If you don't, I actually may know someone that does.
The reason I'm asking is that I do address other political issues within the province of Ontario. I know what M.P.P.'s will respond to an e-mail and which ones require snail mail. Even though we have a "Web Premiere" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] he won't respond to e-mails of any kind (you can deluge him with them just to irritate him but what point is there in that really?). You have to hard copy and snail mail anything to get his attention.
I'd just like to be clear about the best way to approach Mr. Rock on this very important issue.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2001 - 6:14am
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Thankyou for the cfia link, great information! I'm all for supporting their efforts. So, is the campaign about making what is voluntary now (labelling allergens), ...mandatory! Sorry I'm slow today! That would be awesome!

Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2001 - 10:56am
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I would recommend always following up with a hard copy through regular mail (in any county!). If you are going to make the effort you might as well be sure you are counted! As mentioned above, some lawmakers cannot use email and must receive a letter by regular mail from their constituents.
Be sure to post the mailing name and address so others can send regular mail easier.
Examples or reasons you support the legislation are often helpful(personalize the issue).
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Posted on: Mon, 04/09/2001 - 12:33am
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PeanutTrace, yes the proposed legislation is to make what is voluntary now, legally mandated.
Cindy, like Chris I usually use Canada Post to send a letter. It is free to send mail to Minister Allan Rock through the House of Commons, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario if anyone does not want to pay for a stamp.
I stumbled across this letter writing campaign when I looked at the Canadian edition of the Nutrition Action Health Letter and I do not know much about it. Perhaps anyone needing more information could contact them through the web site link in my first message above.

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