Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 24, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Improves Access to Allergen Information

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - As part of its commitment to protect the health and safety of Canadians, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced today that it will begin issuing email notifications for all classes of allergy recalls.

All Class I, II and III allergen recalls will now be emailed to subscribers, in addition to the existing practice of being posted on the CFIA website. This measure is being implemented in order to strengthen the CFIA's ability to communicate recall information to Canadians with food allergies. 

"The majority of food available in Canada is very safe, but Canadians living with severe food allergies can experience serious and life-threatening reactions to products containing undeclared allergens in otherwise safe foods," said the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This Government is taking all steps necessary to provide consumers with special needs the information and tools they need to buy food for themselves and their families that is safe."

This is part of the CFIA's ongoing commitment to deliver recall information to Canadians in a timely manner in order for them to be able to make informed food choices.

Anyone interested in receiving email notifications when products are recalled can register on the CFIA's website.

For more information, consumers can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday) or visit the CFIA's website at www.inspection.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600