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Mythbuster – Are all allergy-inducing foods required to be listed on food labels?

August 29, 2019

MYTH: All allergy-inducing ingredients must be listed on food labels.

FACT: Health Canada’s food labelling regulations require the inclusion of the common name of priority food allergens as well as gluten sources and added sulphites to be listed on a food label. These include: peanut, tree nuts, sesame, milk, egg, fish, crustaceans (e.g., lobster, shrimp) and molluscs (e.g., scallops, clams), soy, wheat and triticale, and mustard. While a person can be allergic to any food, these are the most common.

Bottom line: Always read food labels and “triple check.”


Learn more about priority food allergens, label reading and the importance of doing the “triple check”.


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