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SOURCE Health Canada
OTTAWA, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ -
Severe allergic reactions to food can occur quickly, sometimes without warning, and the reactions can be life threatening. Food allergies are more common in children but can affect people of all ages. As many as 2.5 million Canadians - or about seven per cent of the population - identify themselves as having one or more food allergies.
Peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, soy, seafood (fish and shellfish), wheat, eggs, milk, mustard and sulphites are the food allergens that typically cause allergic reactions and are known in Canada as the priority allergens.
For people with food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the specific food or ingredient in the first place. When you have food allergies, it is especially important to read food labels.
Health Canada requires that most prepackaged foods carry a label and that the ingredients appear on labels in decreasing order of proportion. Recent amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations enhanced the labelling requirements for specific priority allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites in prepackaged foods sold in Canada.
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