Food is a big part of our daily lives, essential to our health and wellbeing. Learn more about the foods that are best for your children’s growth and development — and how to handle and store them safely to prevent foodborne illnesses.
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Food allergies and intolerances
Parents need to be alert to the risks of food allergies and intolerances — for the safety of their own kids and others.
Celiac disease — also called gluten-sensitive enteropathy — is an inherited condition triggered by eating cereal grains that contain gluten.
Food temperature guidelines
Many cases of foodborne illness (otherwise known as "food poisoning") could be prevented every year with one simple tool: a food thermometer.
Food handling and storage tips
Most cases of foodborne illnesses (food poisoning) are a direct result of improper food handling and storage. You can reduce the risk in your kitchen by following these food safety tips.
Microwave oven food safety tips
Are there risks to microwave use? Microwave ovens are a quick and convenient way to thaw, cook and reheat food. But what are their health effects?
Make sure you’re being careful in how you handle and prepare fresh fruit and vegetables.
Preparing and handling powdered infant formula
Young children, especially infants, are vulnerable to foodborne illness.
Be alert, be informed
Food-borne illnesses can have serious consequences for children and adults alike. Keep your family as safe as possible by staying up to date on the latest food recalls.
Role of government and industry in food safety
The Government of Canada is committed to food safety.
Nutrition and healthy eating
How much and what types of foods are better for me and my family?
Children aged two years and older can get the nutrients and calories they need to grow and develop by following Canada’s Food Guide.
Scientific evidence has shown that dietary trans fats can increase your risk of developing heart disease. To combat this, you can choose food for yourself and your children that contains little to no trans fat.
Caffeinated beverages and energy drinks
Caffeine is found in a variety of products — not just coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and certain medications, but also energy drinks and so-called energy shots. So how much caffeine is too much for kids?
Food allergies and school lunches
When you’re packing lunches for your school-aged children, make sure you’re being allergy aware.
Know what's in your children's food
The labels on prepackaged foods can tell you a lot about what’s in them, their nutritional value and whether they pose any risk of allergic reactions.
Allergens must be labelled unless they fall under an exemption and pose no health risk to the public.
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