In the 2013 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada made the commitment to consult with parents and consumers on ways to improve food labels.
Food labels are the main way for consumers to identify nutritional content, specific ingredients, potential food allergen risks, and to compare products side-by-side when making their purchasing decisions.
Currently the food labels in Canada do not tell you whether or not GMO ingredients are included in a food item.
In January 2014, the Minister of Health Rona Ambrose launched a four month long consultation process across Canada to solicit feedback and opinions from our citizens.
Canadians made it clear that they want informed choices about the food they buy and prepare for themselves and their families.
The resulting Government report showed that many Canadians found the information currently on food labels useful. However, Canadians also shared many ideas, most noticeably in their high demand for GMO labelling. See page 12 of the following report released by the Government on June 10, 2014:
Canadian citizens clearly indicated they want GMOs identified on food labels. However the Government EXCLUDED GMO LABELLING from the agenda.
Although the media reported that Canadians had a “positive reaction” to the proposed new food labeling changes, one important issue was noticeably missing: GMO labeling.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose wants changes to Canada’s nutrition labels to show the amount of added sugars, vitamin D and potassium, among other things—but not GMOs.
As per the section titled “Summary of Proposed Changes” on the Health Canada website, there is absolutely NO mention of GMO identification being added to Canada’s food labels:
IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION NOW!
1) Complete the online survey
The public comment period during which ALL Canadians can voice their opinion is open—from now through September 11. This is the best chance for EVERY Canadian to voice their opinion… together we can make a difference!
Simply click on the below link to fill out their online survey and let Rona Ambrose Know that GMOs need to be labelled.
At the end of the survey there is a comment field in which you can make a specific mention about GMOs, your concern for public health and safety, and the need for GMO labeling. Feel free to include the URL for Rachel’s video in your comment field too!
Start the Survey Here:
2) Submit Food Labelling Comments by Mail or Fax
If you prefer not to use the online form, and/or you would like to submit additional comments to the proposed changes to nutrition labelling in writing by postal mail or fax, use the following address:
Bureau of Nutritional SciencesFood Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway AL 2203E
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
3) Submit Food Labelling Comments by Email
If you prefer to email your comments directly, please type “Nutrition Labelling Consultations” in the subject line of your email, and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org