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PhD in Limnology, Uppsala University, Research experience: Carbon cycling in the pelagic zone of lakes, especially interactions between phytoplankton and bacteria; Methane oxidising bacteria, their ecology and role in the global methane cycle; Microbial ecology of composting and anaerobic digestion; Studies of microbial community dynamics in complex ecosystems e.
Other: Led the development of a 10 week advanced level course, ''Microbial Environmental Biotechnology'' at the Dept. Led the arrangements of ''Microbes and the Law - Setting the Limits for Practical Use'', an international course and a mini-symposium, Uppsala, Sweden, October Since editor for DOM:s annual reports in English. Also covered are the regulatory systems in risk assessment and management of microbial products, quarantine legislations, international treaties, the importance of public risk perception and risk reduction behavior.
Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Be the first to write a review. Nutrition and health claims are voluntary; however, if they are made, they must comply with applicable regulations or guidelines including conditions for use. As more food products are being promoted for their health benefits, industry must continue to ensure that all advertising and label claims are scientifically validated and provide meaningful information to the consumer.
The federal government is streamlining the way regulations are administered while continuing to protect the health and safety of Canadians. This includes recent amendments to the FDA to allow new tools called "Marketing Authorizations" and "Incorporation by Reference", which improve the efficiency of implementing science-based decisions.
For example, these tools could be applied to approve a new or modified health claim or a new application for a food additive, allowing their use in the marketplace once the science has been substantiated. It will be important for industry to keep up-to-date on new procedures and tools. See the Resources , including e-mail notification lists.
The FDA categorizes consumed products as either foods or drugs; drugs include the subcategory of natural health products NHPs. The regulatory requirements are different depending on how the product is classified.
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Some products, such as beverages with added vitamins, minerals or amino acids, as well as products making certain health claims, have previously been able to gain market access as NHPs under the NHPR. To resolve the confusion about which regulatory framework is appropriate, Health Canada outlined principles in a guidance document, Classification of Products at the Food-Natural Health Product Interface: Products in Food Formats.
Products are classified as foods or as NHPs on a case-by-case basis and consideration is given to public health and safety. Four key criteria are used to make decisions: product composition, product representations, product format, and public perception and history of use. In accordance with the classification guidance document, Health Canada determined that most food-like NHP products fit the regulatory definition of a food and therefore is transitioning them to the food regulatory framework, mainly through the issuance of Temporary Marketing Authorization Letters TMALs.
The transition process was initiated in early , starting with caffeinated energy drinks and moving to additional categories e. Other mandatory information is required on food labels. CFIA also offers other Food Labelling and Advertising information, including an interactive tool that depicts food labelling requirements.
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This policy aligns Canada with international standards on the definition of dietary fibre. New regulations on food allergen labelling came into force on August 4, for all pre-packaged foods sold in Canada. Specific priority food allergens, gluten sources and added sulphites must be declared on food labels, either in the list of ingredients or immediately following the list of ingredients using the format "Contains: [common name of allergen]. Gluten sources need to be declared when a food contains gluten protein or modified gluten protein from barley, oats, rye, triticale, or wheat including kamut and spelt.
Health Canada's position on gluten-free claims restricts label statements to products containing less than 20 parts per million ppm of any gluten protein, including protein fractions. Added sulphites need to be declared when directly added to a food, or when the total amount of added sulphites in the food is 10 parts per million or more.
A precautionary statement should only be used when, despite all reasonable measures, the inadvertent presence of an allergen in food is unavoidable. Furthermore, it should not be used unless there is a real risk of the allergen being present in the food.
The policy on The Use of Food Allergen Precautionary Statements on Prepackaged Foods recommends that industry use only one set of wording on food labels: "May contain [common name of allergen]". The FDR Part D controls the addition of vitamins and mineral nutrients by prescribing which foods may contain added nutrients, and the nutrients and levels allowed; additions not listed in the regulations are prohibited.
However, manufacturers may request that Health Canada allow for the addition of vitamins and mineral nutrients to foods where not currently permitted.
see Novel foods, novel fibres and food additives require a pre-market safety assessment by Health Canada before they can be sold in Canada. Novel foods are products that do not have a history of safe use as a food, foods resulting from a process not previously used for food, or foods that have been modified by genetic manipulation also known as genetically modified foods, GM foods, genetically engineered foods or biotechnology-derived foods.
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