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The Vast Majority of Children's Food Products Tested Negative for Undeclared Allergens

CFIA tests over 300 samples

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/14 -- Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today found 95 per cent of foods typically consumed by children had no detectable levels of undeclared priority allergens and gluten. A total of 304 samples were tested for undeclared soy, egg, milk, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sesame and gluten.

A total of 15 samples of pre-packaged foods including baked goods, cookies, granola bars and puddings had detectable levels of undeclared allergens and gluten. All positive results were evaluated for their potential risk. The CFIA recalled three products based on their potential risk to consumers. The CFIA works closely with industry to promote compliance and provides various tools for industry, such as the industry labelling tool, to help them ensure that their food labels meet all the regulatory requirements.

Food allergies can affect people of all ages. However, they tend to occur more frequently in children. Avoiding an allergen is the only effective way to prevent allergic reactions. Reading product labels carefully is one important way to protect yourself. You can also sign up to receive allergy alerts from the CFIA at www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

Quick Facts

--  Health Canada has identified 10 substances, known as priority allergens,
    most frequently associated with food allergies and allergic-type
    reactions.
--  The priority allergens in Canada are milk, eggs, peanut, sesame seeds,
    tree nuts, mustard seeds, soy, sulphites, wheat and seafood (fish,
    shellfish and crustaceans).
--  Packaged food products that contain priority food allergens and gluten
    sources must include them in the list of ingredients and/or in a
    statement that begins with "Contains" on their label.

Related Products

2011-2012 Undeclared Allergens and Gluten in Children's Food

Associated Links

Chemical Residues / Microbiology Targeted Surveys

Contacts:
Michael Bolkenius
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600

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