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Health Canada's Position on Highly Refined Oils Derived from Food Allergen Sources

Health Canada recently posted on its website their position on highly refined oils which are made from food allergen sources. Some key points, for your reference include the following:

  • Health Canada’s position is that the enhanced labelling regulations (effective August 2012) would not apply to certain highly refined oils which contain no protein or an amount of protein that is too small to pose a health risk.
  • In the case of peanut oil, this position will not apply. All peanut oil - including highly refined peanut oil – must always be labelled as a priority allergen.
  • Edible oils can be made from priority food allergens including soybean, peanuts, tree nuts (hazelnut, almond, Brazil nut, pecan, pistachio, pine nut, cashew, walnut and macadamia nut), sesame seed, and fish. Additionally, specific grades of mustard seed are sometimes used to make canola oil.

We encourage you to read Health Canada’s Position on Highly Refined Oils Derived from Food Allergen Sources so that you are informed about these oils. Please contact Health Canada Food Directorate’s Bureau of Chemical Safety if you have questions: bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca


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