What about the other 50 percent of the Canadian population? Food allergies ignored in national policy plan

  • Susan Elliott University of Waterloo
  • Francesca Cardwell University of Waterloo
Keywords: food policy, food allergies, Canada


Food allergy is a growing public health epidemic in Canada, affecting 50 percent of Canadian households either directly or indirectly. Despite the physical, psychosocial and quality of life impacts to those affected, food allergy has recently been ignored in the Canadian policy context. While the complete etiology of food allergy remains unknown, we have enough information to make strong policy choices that can maximize choice and minimize risk for affected Canadians, and place Canada at the forefront of food allergy management and research. Policy recognizing food allergy as a chronic health issue that represents a significant public health problem in Canada is critical.