February 2011 – At long last, Canada has beefed up their labeling requirements to help meet with the needs of those with food allergies, sensitivities and celiac disease. On February 15, Leona Aglukkaq, the Minister of Health, and Royal Galipeau, a member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, announced regulations to strengthen Canada's labeling of food allergens and gluten sources.
The regulations fall under the new Consumer Product Safety Act, which will require clearer language and the declaration of otherwise "hidden" allergens, gluten sources, and sulphites.
Due to the shelf-life of foods and the “complexity” of the changes, food manufacturers are being given 18 months for the implementation of the new allergen labeling regulations. The enforcement date of the new act is set for August 4, 2012.