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[Your Name Here]
[Your Address Here]
Dear Treasury Board President
and dear Prime Minister Harper,
In the last two months of 2010, the Prime Minister’s Office received 4,200 letters from Canadians who are part of the food allergy and celiac community. These citizens are extremely concerned that the regulations requiring packaged foods to clearly list priority allergens and gluten on ingredient listings have still not passed into law.
I am writing again, this time directly to you, Mr. Day, since I understand that Treasury Board is where the regulations are sitting and yet to move forward and become part of the Food and Drugs Act.
These are excellent regulations, of vital importance to the over two million Canadians living with food allergies and celiac disease. Millions more are affected – from relatives, to school cafeterias, to restaurants – when they try to safely feed these individuals.
Mr. Day and Mr. Harper, [as the parent of a child with food allergies/as someone with food allergies/as someone with celiac disease/as a friend or relative of someone with food allergies], I urge you to do the right thing and act to move these regulations into law as swiftly as possible.
Your colleague Industry Minister Tony Clement promised these regulations in July 2008, when he was Health Minister. He was absolutely correct when he said that the legislation “affects literally millions of Canadians in one way or another.”
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Today, Canadians living with allergies contend with ingredient terms such as sodium caseinate for “milk” or lysozyme for “egg”. Food packages often fail to declare when one of the top 10 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, sesame and sulphites) or gluten is hidden as a component of an ingredient. Adding to the confusion, terms like “natural flavours” and “hydrolyzed protein” are commonplace.
If the amended regulations, titled the “Proposed Amendments to Enhance the Labelling of Allergens, Gluten Sources and Added Sulphites,” were law, all of these issues would be addressed.
Food safety is an important issue for all Canadians. These regulations protect a fast-growing and vulnerable sector of the population, many of them children. I ask you to support their needs: Pass the regulations now.
[Your Name Here]
Treasury Board President Stockwell Day: Day.S@parl.gc.ca
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health
The Honourable Gerry Ritz,
Minister of Agriculture
The Honourable Tony Clement,
Minister of Industry