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CCA Advocates for Allergen Labelling on Natural Health Products

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:

 

Why Natural Health Products Matter to People with CD

Currently, natural health products are not required to list any allergen, gluten or aspartame ingredients, leaving the celiac community open to serious adverse reactions to products they are ingesting to help improve health.

How is the CCA Involved?

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 complete, the government will review the feedback and make its recommendations to the Treasury Board for approval and publish in the next year.

The federal government opened public consultations to receive feedback on these regulations. We encouraged our gluten-free community and local chapters to help us demonstrate that we want and need these regulations to come into force for the protection of our health. CCA submitted a formal submission in time for the September 24, 2021 deadline.

Click to read the CCA’s official submission

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.

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How you can help!

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