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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – October 2023

October 6, 2023

#ShineATealLight this Halloween season! Find resources and ways you and your family can get involved and help make Halloween inclusive for all. Read our Allergy Alerts safety update on Silver Hills Bakery products, which now include sesame. Register for our upcoming webinar on Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), which is a condition that impacts the gastrointestinal/digestive tract. Plus, find tips and download our resources to help navigate large holiday meals with family and friends. 

#ShineATealLight on food allergy 

Watch how you can light the way this Halloween!

Shine a teal light on food allergy this Halloween season!

Many children feel left out this time of year due to the potential risk of trick-or-treating with food allergy and it can be overwhelming for parents to navigate.

Help us create an inclusive Halloween season for everyone by shining a teal light on food allergy!  

Learn how you can #ShineATealLight to drive awareness and help make Halloween safe for all at foodallergycanada.ca/ShineATealLight. Plus, discover our tips, resources, and other ways to get involved below.  

Tips to keep kids safeTips and tricks

Learn how you and your family can be confident when trick-or-treating or at Halloween parties, and what you can do with your unwanted treats. 


Plus, check out our tip sheet for party hosts. 

Free ResourcesShareable resources

Share our free resources to show how you’re keeping Halloween inclusive and safe for all!

Download and share posters with your friends, family and classroom.

FundraiseTurn it teal

Be brilliant! Be bright! This Halloween season, give back by hosting a fundraiser to support food allergy awareness. Discover our different event ideas.


Plus, support our charity while promoting awareness and sparking conversations by purchasing our exclusive #ShineATealLight glow-in-the-dark bracelets – just $5 for 1 or 3 for $10. Purchase by Oct. 17th to get them in time for Halloween. 

#ShineATealLight on Food AllergyMore ways to get involved this Halloween

There are plenty of ways you can #ShineATealLight this Halloween season! You can attend a teal monument lighting near you, find out where you can purchase bulbs and check out teal light crafts to share or create with your family and friends! 


Sesame Allergy Alert: Silver Hills Bakery bread products now contains sesame

Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery products now contain sesame as an ingredient. Their products previously had sesame listed as a “may contain” on their ingredient labels. 

The following products are impacted by this ingredient change:


  • Little Big Bread
  • Omegamazing
  • Soft Wheat


  • Hamburger Buns
  • Hot Dog Buns

Read the ingredient label on all products each time to ensure they are safe options for you and/or your family, as product formulations can change at any time. 

The following information is noted on Silver Hills Bakery’s website:

“You will notice a change to our recipes and all of our Silver Hills products now contain sesame seeds and/or sesame flour. (Packaging changes will flow through in the first half of 2023; some packaging will state May contain sesame until the transition is complete).”

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Silver Hills Bakery directly at 1 888 853-6466.  

Advocating on your behalf

We have reached out to Silver Hills to better understand why this change has been made. We are committed to ensuring Canadians with food allergy have access to safe food choices and that they are made aware of labelling changes that impact their product selection. 

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You can count on our Allergy Alerts service to ensure you are kept informed on safety issues that impact you.

When a food or product is recalled or product formulations have changed, you want to know right away. By signing up for our Allergy Alerts service, you’ll receive updates like this one right at your fingertips.

Next week: EoE webinar 

Swallowing diagram

Do you or someone you know experience symptoms like these when eating: difficulty swallowing, feeling like food gets stuck and/or stomach pain? Perhaps it takes longer to eat or there’s a need to drink lots of fluids during mealtimes? If so, Eosinophilic Esophagitis or “EoE” may be the cause. 

Register now for our webinar “EoE in adults: From diagnosis to treatment” on October 11th. In this webinar, you will learn about EoE in adults, including symptoms, diagnosis, and current and future possibilities for treatment.  

If you’re interested in learning more about Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) before the session, please visit foodallergycanada.ca/EoE

Celebrate with confidence 

It’s that time of year when we come together and celebrate what we’re most thankful for with our loved ones. Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or other holidays this fall, before you tuck in around the table, check out our tips on managing various dining experiences with confidence. Plus, find resources you can share so everyone can be more allergy-aware! 

Kitchen tips  

Hosting Thanksgiving or another food-centric holiday? Read our tips to help avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Plus, discover our allergy-friendly recipes that are safe for all! 

Ingredient label

Triple Check

Do the “Triple Check” for products purchased in-store and online. Ingredients may change without warning, and ingredients may vary from what is listed on the product versus on a website.

Celebrating with family

Talk with your friends and family before your event. Make a strategy for the day and empower your child. Learn how with these tips. 

Other environments 

Wherever you’re celebrating this year, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and plan ahead. Read our tips on dining out and learn more about epinephrine and epinephrine auto-injectors.  

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