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Show Your Support: Food Allergen Label Law

Posted Oct 28 2010 1:06pm
From Allergic Living

Show Your Support: Food Allergen Label Law
Dear Friends,

Your help is urgently needed. We need your voice to tell the Government of Canada that it must pass the food label legislation that it promised 2 years ago.

This legislation would require all food package labels to clearly and thoroughly list the top 10 priority allergens and gluten among ingredients.

In July 2008, following Allergic Living’s write-in campaign of 4,000 letters, the federal government announced it would push ahead with new regulations. We all greeted this as great news.

After a long consultation process, the regulations were ready in February. But still they are not law, still there are no firm answers on “when” they will become law.

Now, Allergic Living has learned that the regulations will expire by the year’s end if not passed. This will mean starting the whole process – a decade in the making – again from scratch. This is unconscionable!

Please join Allergic Living, Anaphylaxis Canada, AAIA, the Canadian Celiac Association, and other concerned groups by writing a letter (send by e-mail or mail) to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Also send copies to the Health Minister, your own MP, and President of the Treasury Board. (Contacts are below.)

Your voice, and your stories of how important accurate food labels are to you and your family, will make a difference. Together, we can make this happen. The government must hear that this legislation is not optional – these regulations are essential, and will in fact save lives.

See further information on the food label regulations and this campaign here: http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5984&p=34174#p34174

Please get your friends and family to write, too. Thank you so much for your action and your support!

Sincerely,

Gwen Smith
Editor, Allergic Living magazine

Contact Information
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Telephone: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900
Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq
Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Building
Tunney's Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9

Telephone: (613) 992-2848
Fax: (613) 996-9764
Email: minister_ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca

Stockwell Day
President of the Treasury Board of Canada
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs
L'Esplanade Laurier, 9th Floor, East Tower
140 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R5

Telephone: (613) 995-1702
Fax: (613) 995-1154
Email: Day.S@parl.gc.ca
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