U.S. follows Canada with sesame allergy labelling law

There is good news for consumers with a sesame allergy, as food packaging in the United States will be legally obligated to list sesame as an ingredient from the start of 2023. The newly passed Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act of 2021 denotes sesame as America’s ninth “major allergen.” The law […]

Canadian food trend report shows sustained love for craft brews

By Jeni Marinucci Each New Year brings changes and trends, in everything from the slang we use in everyday conversation, to our social media platforms of choice, to movements in food and drink. While some trends cannot be understood (Crocs, anyone?), what we do know is that when it comes to the food and beverage […]

Food allergies and restaurants: It is a public health issue

By Laurie Harada and Carla Da Silva The arrest of a waiter at a Sherbrooke, Que. restaurant earlier this year, prompted by a customer’s severe allergic reaction, has triggered a spirited public discussion into where responsibility lies in protecting Canadians with food allergies. For individuals with food allergies and their families, stories like this hit […]

Five reasons to prioritize food allergy risk reduction

By Andrea Lobel Shainblum When Katrina Guy took the first bite of her meal at a popular Toronto restaurant, she immediately knew that something was very wrong. She’d told her server about her fish and shellfish allergies, and was reassured that her meal hadn’t been fried with her allergens, but despite that, her lips and […]

Quebec waiter arrested for serving fish to allergic customer

Press release Restaurant staff “Often inadequately trained to cope with life-threatening food allergies” says Dr. Andrea Shainblum of Allercom Allergy Consulting, Inc. CBC News, the Canadian Press and other national news outlets are reporting that police in Sherbrooke, Quebec have arrested a waiter at Le Tapageur Restaurant for allegedly serving salmon to an allergic customer in […]