Health Canada contemplates providing food industry with "discretionary" authority to fortify junk foods

Kondro, Wayne
June 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/9/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 12, p1196
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The article reports on the issues concerning the proposal of Health Canada to provide the food industry with unrestricted authority to fortify junk foods. A Health Canada official relates that Health Minister Leona Aglukark pulled the publication of the amendments to the Canadian Food and Drugs Regulations in "Canada Gazette" on March 31, 2009 for further review. It relates that the Canadian nutrition community does not support the proposed fortification of junk foods. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff argues that there is no need to pursue the amendments since there are no nutritional deficiencies in the population that need rapid correction. Moreover, it notes that Health Canada documents suggest the department does not consider the associated health risk of the proposed changes on the regulation.


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