New clear and accurate food labels

Transcript - New Clear and Accurate Food Labels

Transcript - New Clear and Accurate Food Labels

Busy grocery store

Jerri Southcott - Health Canada - Walk down the aisle of your neighbourhood grocery store and the choices seem endless. Quality and price come to mind when making decisions but if you've got a food allergy, it's a little more complicated.

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Woman grocery shopping
Woman reading product label

Adrienne Mertin - Food Sensitivity - "I have to be very careful when I read labels. I have to look for any type of wheat product. Gluten of any kind is something that can really bother me, so I have to be very careful when I'm in a grocery store looking at products."

"I have to look for things like barley, spelt, that type of thing will bother me. And even hidden things like spices or seasonings sometimes I don't know if those contain gluten either."

Customers shopping
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Woman reading product label

Jerri Southcott - Health Canada - So with the new regulations, labels on most pre-packaged foods will list common allergens, sulphites and gluten source. In 18 months, it'll be easier to make informed decisions. Labels will be clear and accurate. No more hidden ingredients. For people like Adrienne and others with food allergies, grocery shopping will get a whole lot less complicated.

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