Allergen Cross Contamination Statements for Canada

Posted on June 27, 2020 by

What are facility allergens? Facility allergens are allergens that aren't necessarily in the product itself via the ingredients, but nonetheless may be present in some small amount through cross-contamination.

They're presented as optional allergen statements that say something like "Manufactured in a facility that also processes.." or "Processed on equipment that also processes..." or "May contain...".

It's a way of saying "if you really need to avoid this allergen, steer clear".

From Second Class to Core Feature

Facility allergens are generally optional, but it's a good idea to list them because your customers have come to expect them and it shows that you're looking out for them by being transparent.

We've had them on ReciPal's nutrition label maker for a while, but since it wasn't a requirement but more a "nice to have" option, it wasn't totally set up for Canadian labels. No more!

Facility Allergens for Canada

So what does that all mean for our Canadian users and their labels?

  • Canadian allergen options are included in facility allergen options (mustard, sulfites, sesame, gluten, and French option for "Other" allergens) when using a Canadian label.
  • Facility allergens are shown in the sectioned off Canadian ingredients and allergens box.
  • The facility allergen statement contains in bold "May Contain:" or "Peut contenir:" before the facility allergens themselves.
Canadian facility allergens

Here's what it looks like on ReciPal. See the additional Canadian allergens and "May contain" statement in bold below the ingredients and standard allergens.

For more information on facility allergens in general you can check out our original facility allergens article from way back in the day when they were becoming more popular.

More on Canadian Facility Allergens

Here are a couple more resources on facility allergens from the Canadian regulations:

Let us know what you think and if you have any questions!

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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