On August 4, 2012, new food allergen labelling requirements under Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations came into force. Among other things, declarations of the source of the food allergen, gluten source and added sulphites must be shown on the label of the product either in the list of ingredients or in a statement entitled “Contains”, and the name of the source must be stated in a consistent and easy-to-understand terminology as set out in the regulations (e.g., if casein is present, the name “milk” must be used).

Also this summer, Health Canada released its position on gluten-free claims, which is available here, and the CFIA released a statement regarding its compliance and enforcement of gluten-free claims, which is available here.