Allergy/Asthma Information Association

Watch out for "illegal" imports

Keep an eye out when buying your favourite brands of chocolate bars, and candy and other foods in discount and dollar stores. Some imported items may have been meant for other markets. This is relevant for allergic consumers since a favourite Canadian brand could be made in different circumstances, formulations or even by a different company in other parts of the world. One clue is that items made for the Canadian market should have bilingual labelling (English and French) - if not, they should not be sold here. This is all the more reason to read the label every time and not make assumptions based only on the brand name.

from Allergy & Asthma News, Issue 1 2006

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