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About Allergies

Soy

Quick Facts

  • Soy comes from soybeans, a type of legume. Soybeans can be made into flour, soymilk, tofu, oil, and other products.
  • Soy is considered a priority allergen by Health Canada.

Be Allergy-Aware

  • Read ingredient labels every time you buy or eat a product.
  • Do The Triple Check and read the label:
    • Once at the store before buying it.
    • Once when you get home and put it away.
    • Again before you serve or eat the product.
  • Always carry your epinephrine auto-injector.
  • For tips on eating out, visit our guide for dining out with food allergies.
  • Check with manufacturers directly to see if the product is safe for you even if your allergen is not listed on the ingredient list.
  • Be careful when buying products from abroad since labelling rules differ from country to country. 

Other names for soy

  • Bean curd (dofu, kori-dofu, soybean curds, tofu)
  • Edamame
  • Glycine max
  • Kinako
  • Kouridofu
  • Miso
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein
  • Natto
  • Nimame
  • Okara
  • Soya, soja, soybean, soyabeans
  • Soy protein (isolate/concentrate), vegetable protein
  • Tempeh
  • Textured soy flour (TSF), Textured soy protein (TVP)
  • Yuba

Possible sources of soy

  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Baby formulas
  • Baked goods and baking mixes like breads, bread crumbs, cereals, cookies
  • Breaded foods
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beverage mixes
  • Chili, pastas, stews, taco filling, tamales
  • Canned tuna, minced hams
  • Chewing gum
  • Chocolate candies and chocolate bars
  • Cooking spray, margarine, vegetable shortening, vegetable oil
  • Deli meat and processed meats
  • Diet drinks, imitation milk
  • Dressings, gravies, marinades
  • Frozen desserts, soy ice cream, soy pudding, soy yogurt
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Imitation crab and other imitation fish
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Processed and prepared deli meats, e.g. burgers, meat substitutes, patties, wieners
  • Vegetarian meat substitutes
  • Sauces such as soy, teriyaki and Worcestershire
  • Seasonings
  • Snack foods like candy, candy bars, popcorn, energy bars
  • Soy “cheese”
  • Soups, broths and soups mixes, miso soup
  • Spreads, dips, mayonnaise, peanut butter
  • Thickening agents
  • Vegetarian dishes

Non-food sources of soy

  • Cosmetics, soaps
  • Craft materials, crayons, paint
  • Glycerine
  • Pet food and milk substitutes for young animals
  • Printing ink
  • Medications, vitamins, herbal supplements
  • Candles

To Report a Reaction

If you believe you may have reacted to an allergen not listed on the packaging, you can report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which may issue a product recall. Find out more on our Food Labelling page.

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