The Honorable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health released the report stemming from the consultations with Canadian consumers and parents on nutrition labeling.
The report can be accessed via this link : Consultation report on modernizing and improving food labels in Canada
Canada continues to be a world leader in nutrition labelling of pre-packaged foods, with the aim to provide consumers with the relevant information that supports their food choices and the management of their diet. Unhealthy diets and limited physical activity have been associated with the increase of rates of Chronic Disease. Improved food labels would therefore contribute to prevention efforts of these non-communicable diseases.
The publication of this report is an important milestone in the continued efforts committed by the Government of Canada and Health Canada to improve the quality, relevance and usefulness of nutrition information displayed on labels of foods sold in Canada.
This is the Eighth Workshop on Food Allergen Methodologies that is co-organised by Health Canada’s Food Directorate and the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program of the University of Nebraska.
The workshop will keep its original objective of bringing together world leading experts in allergen detection methods and to offer a forum for increasing consultation, information exchange, and harmonization in the area of food allergens and analytical methods for food allergens.
The workshop will gather scientists, chemists, analysts and other representatives from government agencies, university, industry and consumer associations, to discuss issues related to detection, identification, characterization, and control of allergen residues in foods.
This year’s meeting has an additional purpose of capacity building and is supported by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)’s Food safety Cooperation Forum. Experts from the APEC region will be given the opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other about the management of allergens in the food industry.
The workshop will be held in Vancouver Canada from May 6th to May 8th with the following program: Technical Program – Food Allergen Methods Workshop 2014
A special session dedicated to APEC regulators is organised on May 5th.
It is possible for food industry to register for a one day session only, based on their interest.
Registration can take place through the following link on the FARRP Website:Registration webpage
The workshop will offer an invaluable networking opportunity for food allergen management experts in the Asia Pacific Region and from around the world. I hope to see you there.