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Why don't sulphites appear in the Canadian allergen statement?

Sulfites are not in the list of actual allergens, so they are listed in the additional allergen statement, as appropriate. Below is an exerpt from the regs. If sulfites are present in more than 10 ppm, they must be declared in either the ingredient list or a separate contains statement. If sulfites are present in a smaller amount, there are specific rules as to when they must be listed.

Reference url:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/labelling/food-labelling-for-industry/list-of-ingredients-and-allergens/eng/1383612857522/1383612932341?chap=2

Sulphite Declaration

Sulphites, like any other food additive, are required to be declared in the list of ingredients of food labels when they are added directly to a prepackaged food as an ingredient or a component of an ingredient that is not exempt from component declaration. If added sulphites are present in a prepackaged product in the first generation (i.e. ingredient) or second generation (i.e.component), and are not exempt from declaration, they must be declared in the list of ingredients regardless of their quantity. Refer to Generations for more information on the generations of ingredients.

In the following examples, sulphites are a component of the dried apricots. Dried apricots are not exempt from component declaration, therefore sulphites, along with all the other components of the dried apricots, must be declared regardless of their quantities.

  • Sulphites added as a food additive ingredient
  • For example: Ingredient list: apricots, sugar, sulphites
  • Sulphites added as a component of an ingredient that is not exempt from component declaration
  • For example: Ingredient list: Rolled oats, wheat flour, dried apricots (apricots, sugar, sulphites), liquid whole egg (liquid whole egg, beta carotene), salt, baking soda, soy lecithin.

Added Sulphite Declaration

If the total amount of added sulphites are present in a prepackaged product in a total amount of 10 parts per million or more, and are not already required to be shown in the list of ingredients under section B.01.008 or B.01.009 of the FDR, the sulphites must be shown in:

  1. The list of ingredients;

or

  1. In a "contains" statement that complies with the naming and locationrestrictions outlined in B.01.010.3(1) of the FDR.

Sulphites that are declared in the list of ingredients must be shown as follows:

  • (a) Sulphites that are a component of an ingredient that is shown in the list of ingredients must be shown either in parentheses immediately after the ingredient or at the end of that list where they may be shown in any order with the other ingredients that are shown at the end of that list under B.01.008(4) of the FDR [B.01.010.2(7)(a), FDR].
  • (b) In all other cases, the sulphites must be shown at the end of the list of ingredients where they may be shown in any order with the other ingredients that are shown at the end of that list under subsection B.01.008(4) of the FDR [B.01.010.2(7)(b),FDR].

 

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