to Report a Food Reaction due to Mislabelling or Contamination"
the AAIA National News, April 1998.
If you have an allergic
reaction to a manufactured food and you suspect that it may be mislabelled
or contaminated by an unlisted
follow your emergency treatment plan.
2. Do not throw
out any remaining portion of the offending food. Wrap and
save it, along with the label and package (it helps to know the
3. Contact the
nearest office of the CFIA for advice. Report the type of
reaction. If requested to do so, give the CFIA the remaining
portion of the food, along with the label and package, for laboratory
4. You can report the
reaction to the manufacturer of the food if you wish to do so.
The company may want to know the code numbers
from the packaging so that it can investigate. If the company
offers to pick up the remaining food, telll them that the CFIA will
Note: If the CFIA tests the food and finds that mislabelling
or contamination did occur, they will contact the manufacturer.
Sometimes the food has to be recalled.
Web site information:
CFIA - http://www.inspection.gc.ca
ou en francais... (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/francais/corpaffr/foodrecalls/recaltocf.shtml)
You can receive e-mail versions of new recalls. People who
subscribe to the service will get all of the recalls destined for
the web in English and French as plain text messages. Usually,
individuals on the subscription list receive the information
the same night as it is issued. Many of these are not published
in the newspaper so it's a useful source of information.
en francais... http://www.inspection.gc.ca/francais/reg/regf.shtml
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has many roles, including inspection
of food companies and sources, enforcement of acts and regulations,
issuance of food recalls and allergy alerts that will be of interest
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