Italian Home Bakery
Has changed it's Allergy warning despite no increased risk to allergic consumers.
New Warning: "IHB used ingredients which contain wheat or it's derivatives, and soy or it's derivatives. Some products may also contain sesame seeds and / or milk or it's derivatives.
I E-mailed them about their new warning, response:
Thank you for writing us with your concern. All of our products are made on milk and dairy-free lines (this is because our plant is Kosher). Our production for cheese buns is separate and isolated to prevent cross contamination. Our advisory label is on our packaging as it is mandated from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Labeling division because we have a milk product in our plant.
Please rest assured that our breads are milk and dairy free unless otherwise noted.
Thank you again for writing us and please let us know if you have any further questions.
President, Chief Operations Officer
Italian Home Bakery Ltd
I attended an allergy convention where a representative from Health Canada spoke "may contain statements" are not mandated by Health Canada, and even if the new labelling law passes in Canada "may contain statements" at most will be an amendment to be added later to a law that has not passed.
Please consider rewriting your Allergy Advisory stating that milk is used in a separate area if you really want to include may contain milk in your advisory.
Also note not all Kosher plants keep their lines separate. See also Dairy Free Bread
Canadian Food Inspection Agency:
Questions and Answers regarding the labelling of food allergens and the use of precationary statements