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Natural Health Products – proposed changes to regulations to see first-time allergen and gluten listed

Over the past four years, CCA has been one of the major stakeholders working with Health Canada to help advance the introduction of priority allergen labelling including gluten on natural health products. This is a major milestone and innovation according to Health Canada representatives in a recent online session for the launch of the new clear and plain language labelling regulations. Allergen and gluten identification is now seen as a high priority for Health Canada as it reviews new regulations thanks to the work of stakeholders. After the public consultations are completed, the government will review the feedback and make its recommendations to the Treasury Board for approval and publish in the next year.

We need your help!

The federal government has opened public consultations until September 4 to receive feedback on these regulations. We are encouraging our gluten-free community and local chapters to help us demonstrate to the government that we want and need these regulations to come into force for the protection of our health. CCA will be submitting a formal submission in time for the September 4, 2021 deadline.

Up and until now, natural health products were not required to list any allergen, gluten or aspartame ingredients leaving the celiac community for serious adverse reactions to products they were ingesting to help improve health.

What are natural health products?

According to Health Canada, “Natural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms, and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments, and drops. Many everyday consumer products, like certain toothpaste, antiperspirants, shampoos, facial products, and mouthwashes are also classified as natural health products in Canada.”[1]

Natural health products often called “complementary” or “alternative” medicines, include:

What you need to know

Changes are being proposed to make the purchasing of natural health products so that you can make a more informed choice.

What we need to share

How you can help!

1 About Natural Health Products – Canada.ca

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