Food Allergies and Intolerances

A new report suggests 3.1 million Canadians have food allergies and that more than 7 million suffer from a food intolerance

Halifax, October 20, 2021—Allergies and intolerances can be challenging to manage and in the case of food allergy, it can be potentially life threatening for many Canadians. As the school year is now underway, and Halloween is around the corner, parents and children may experience periods of anxiety and stress in new environments. Food labelling has also been challenging for industry to properly label allergens. Most of the food recalls in 2020 in Canada (about 35%) were due the suspected presence of undeclared allergens in food. The Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Food Allergy Canada, in partnership with Caddle, is releasing results of a survey on food allergies and intolerances.

Media Contacts

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Director Agri-Food Analytics Lab,
Dalhousie University

Janet Music, Research Program Coordinator
Agri-Food Analytics Lab,
Dalhousie University

Jennifer Gerdts, Executive Director
Food Allergy Canada

Beatrice Povolo, Director, Advocacy & Media Relations
Food Allergy Canada

Download the report:

English [PDF - 256 KB]
French [PDF - 256 KB]