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National survey to study confidence in ‘May Contain’ food labelling in Canada

Celiac association asks gluten-free consumers and dietitians to weigh-in

May 10, 2019

Mississauga, ON – The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) as part of its May Celiac Awareness Month activities launched a nation-wide survey of gluten-free consumers and dietitians to gauge the confidence and understanding of the use of the ‘May Contains’ labelling on Canadian food products.

The survey can be found here:

Ten years ago Canadian labelling standards were changed to require food manufacturers to include the declaration of priority allergens including gluten. However, companies can also voluntarily use ‘May Contains’ statements products. This has resulted in companies using the voluntary declaration in many forms causing consumer confusion as to whether products are safe for them to consume.

People with celiac disease cannot consume even the smallest amounts of gluten which is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley or cross-grain breeds along with regular oats. A threshold of 20 parts per million per serving size has been set in Canada. Celiac disease, which affects one percent of the population, is an genetic life-long autoimmune condition.

The deadline for survey responses is May 15, 2019. Results of the survey will be released on May 24, 2019 at CCA’s State of Celiac and Gluten Free Leaders Forum in Toronto at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale. The event will bring together thought-leaders, researchers, industry and government to discuss the key issues facing people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

The Canadian Celiac Association, the voice for people adversely affected by gluten, is a national voluntary organization and charity.


Melissa Secord
Canadian Celiac Association
905-507-6208 ext. 226


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