Travel to Canada

Posted on: Tue, 04/20/1999 - 11:29am
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We are planning to travel to Canada this summer. Does anyone have information about food labeling laws there?

Posted on: Tue, 04/20/1999 - 12:30pm
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Hi I get litereture from Cananda. Its a company called Nutin With Nuts. Denise started it and she is peanut allergic. I have corresponded with her and she is very prompt and helpful. I suggest you email her and ask her of your concerns. It seems to me they are very aware of this problem. [email]denise@nuttinwithnuts.com[/email]

Posted on: Tue, 04/20/1999 - 8:59pm
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Steve:
My perception is that food manufacturers in Canada seem to be more aggressive in labeling products with the "may contain" statement if there is any possible chance of cross-contamination. I think that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency along with AAIA have more regular dialogue with these companies and have made them very aware of the dangers. The "may contain" statements, to my understanding, are also voluntary in Canada but there appears to be more compliance. Perhaps it's because of the smaller number of manufacturers and smaller populaion base. (Fewer companies to inspect/regulate by a Federal agency?)
Incidently, are you aware of the great tax rebate program Canada has for non-resident visitors? If you would like more info on it, please e-mail me so we don't take valuable space on these boards.
Have a good trip!
Mark

Posted on: Wed, 04/21/1999 - 12:52am
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Hi Steve,
I live here in Ontario, Canada and have found many of the manufacturers great with the peanut issue. I call most of the manufacturers of the prepared foods I buy and have had no problems getting information/confirmation of the safety. Their 1-800 numbers are always printed on the packages. Off hand you will find Kraft, General Mill Inc, Hostess/Frito Lay, Nestle Canada and many other are very aware of the dangers. I would suggest you take down the phone numbers of the Anaphylatic Network of Canada 416-785-5666 this is a phone message and your call will be returned by volunteers as well take the 1-800 number to reach FAN - I use these numbers all the time. As well, you may want to be careful with all the many doughnut shops up here (we love our coffee and doughnuts) I don't take my little boy in to these places at all since they use nuts and have peanut butter for bagels and stuff (your decision - my son is only 18 months so he "needs" to touch everything)
Best of luck, and I hope you have a nice trip.
R [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 04/21/1999 - 9:43am
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Hi, I'm from Hamilton, Ontario and would be happy to tell you about about area restaurants, Ontario fast food and other chain restaurants etcetera. We also vacation in the Lake Huron/ Georgian Bay/ Bruce Peninsula area and I can also share information about those areas. Just send me an email message if you'd like to hear more.

Posted on: Wed, 04/21/1999 - 1:24pm
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Hi Steve
I am from Calgary but have also lived in Ottawa and Manitoba and would also be happy to pass on any information about this area. Could you maybe post a reply saying what area you are thinking of going to?

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