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Sunday, July 27, 2014

90 per cent of products tested by CFIA had no undeclared allergens and gluten

Government of Canada press release

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a report released on July 25, 2014 found the majority of the protein substitutes tested negative for undeclared allergens and gluten. The targeted survey tested 286 liquid and powder protein substitutes for the presence of allergens and/or gluten including soy, egg, milk, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and sesame.

Twenty positive results were obtained for almond, gluten or milk, which could pose a health risk for allergic consumers if they were consumed. These results were found in 18 samples that were tested for multiple allergens. All samples with positive results were submitted to Health Canada for an assessment of the potential risk and advice to CFIA for follow up.

As a result of this study, four products with positive results were recalled by CFIA. Further investigation resulted in additional sampling and a secondary recall of two products.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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