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Priority Allergens

It is estimated that as many as 1.2 million Canadians may be affected by life-threatening food allergies and some studies indicate that these numbers are increasing. Food allergies can affect people of all ages; however, they are particularly common in children.

Peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, seafood, wheat, eggs, milk, mustard and sulphites are the food allergens most commonly associated with severe allergic reactions in Canada and are otherwise known as the ten priority allergens.

These 10 priority allergens are identified on the digital daily menu boards in each of the residences. They are also listed on our "Menu Item Identifier Cards" posted at the point-of-purchase. Additionally flagged are our meatless (contain dairy & eggs), and vegan (contain no ingredients of animal origin), options. Under the heading of "FRESH approved", our digital daily menu boards also lists items that have achieved a minimum score based on its nutrient profile. Nutrients such as protein, fiber, and vitamin, add points; sodium, fat and sugar deduct point. We encourage our students to select the FRESH approved options often.


If you eat out often order healthier choices such as whole grain breads or bagels for sandwiches; meals featuring vegetables such as stir fries, dark leafy green salads with dressing served on the side, vegetable based soups and pasta sauces; fruit salads and yogurt smoothies; bean or lentil dishes; meat or fish that are grilled or broiled instead of deep-fried.

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