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Health Canada answers your questions about food labels, allergens and more

If you have food allergies, you may know that Health Canada plays a role in food labelling, inspection and enforcement. Over the years, Food Allergy Canada has been in contact with Health Canada and has provided feedback on positive changes related to labelling and other issues affecting people with allergies. Health Canada takes a proactive…  Read More

Food Labelling 101

Reading and understanding food labels is one of the key ways you can work to prevent reactions and stay safe. Here is a quick guide to understanding food labels as you make choices for you and your family. For more information, please also see the links we provide at the bottom of this post. Three…  Read More

The Teal Pumpkin Project®: Support children with food allergies this Halloween

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project®? Officially launched as a national campaign in the U.S. by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project® raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Food Allergy Canada is proud to support the Teal Pumpkin Project® campaign….  Read More

Halloween Ideas: Alternatives to handing out candy

Allison Venditti’s two boys are all geared up to spend Halloween night as a Ninja Turtle and Batman. Allison is ready too, to help kids with food allergies by providing non-food options to trick-or-treaters who come to her door. “We heard about it from a friend last year and thought it was a great idea,”…  Read More

Update on our consultations with the Canadian Transportation Agency 

As you may know, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) recently released a report from a Ministerial Inquiry that reviewed current practices for managing food allergies for peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds on Canadian airlines. The inquiry was mandated by the Minister of Transportation, following the CTA’s rulings on specific allergy-related cases that focused on…  Read More

Stories from the community

This month we talked to parents and adults with food allergies about living life and managing food allergies. Stephanie Von Dehn, whose daughter has multiple food allergies, shared her Halloween idea of switching out candy for a special item using the Great Pumpkin (sometimes known as the Switch Witch). Read our full interview with Stephanie…  Read More

Halloween ideas

Halloween can be an overwhelming time, especially if you have a child who is newly diagnosed with food allergies. All through October, we will be talking to parents and experts about how to stay safe at Halloween and have fun, too. Stephanie Von Dehn’s nine-year-old daughter Katelyn has multiple food allergies. “Halloween is celebrated a bit…  Read More

Ways to give

Help all Canadians get access to epinephrine You have no doubt heard about the recent reports of the rising price increases of the EpiPen® epinephrine auto-injector in the United States. Luckily, in Canada, a regulatory process is in place to determine pricing for drugs such as the EpiPen® and prices have remained stable. However, we recognize…  Read More

Research and advocacy

Health Canada wants to hear from you: Survey and public consultations on labelling for personal care products Health Canada is currently seeking feedback back from Canadians on a new initiative to improve regulation of self-care products in Canada. These products include: natural health products (such as supplements), cosmetics and non-prescription drugs. The survey is an opportunity to raise the…  Read More