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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.


High protein/very low carbohydrate diets can be a risk to your health. Instead, follow a balanced food plan which includes foods from all four foods groups. For more information about healthy diets contact a registered dietitian.

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