Canada has been getting very vague with it’s ingredient labels.
On the soap I just bought it says perfume - the fuck is perfume?
On root beer (Barq’s I believe… or maybe Mug I can’t remember) Modified Food Starch.
What the hell is that?
Perfume means that it smells good or something.
In my language it means fragrance.
Yes but “fragrance” is not an ingredient, just as perfume isn’t.
From a legal perspective, it’s because there are guidelines that are issued by government departments but the actual Consumer Packaging and Labeling act is so vague. Anything which has specific guidelines (ie, the Green Labeling Guide, Guide to Food Labeling and Advertising, Labeling of Non Food Products Guide) while issued by government agencies have no real weight in a court of law because they are not acts which have been drafted into parliament.
The acts which currently exist to regulate standards on labeling, such as the Textile Labeling Act, Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and similar bills, are so vague and out of date that companies can get away with not labeling something, but as long as it’s a half truth, they can get away with it.
There are actually more laws to protect the rights of companies not telling you what you are eating then to keep the public in the know about what is in their food. If you have ever tried emailing a manufacturer in an attempt to find out more information about what you have purchased, then you know it is a rather frustrating process which often ends in defeat.
While your request for information may fall under laws like the Personal Health Information Protection Act, bills such as the Freedom of Information Act, Access to Information Act and other bills, have several loopholes which fall short and allow for the protection of the company in their refusal to tell you what goes into their products.
If you want to know what “Modified Food Starch” actually is, you have to file a complaint with a board. When the board gets to you after moving through it’s enormous backlog, they will look into your claim. They will see if there is any bill which legally allows for your request and any bill which legally will keep the company from telling you. They will look into other complaints against this company but because of bills they will not tell you if there are other complaints about this company. If you actually finish with the bureaucracy, the Competition Bureau will divulge to you that they can not help you and if you wish you may seek legal action, but only if you have somehow been negatively affected by the product; however if you can not absolutely prove that without a doubt, it was an ingredient in this product then you have no case in a court of law.
Any request to get the government to do more testing of these products is discouraged. They even discourage you from any further contact with the manufacturer.
The legal priority is “Their” rights > “Your” rights.
What you describes applies to pretty much all government and legal departments. A bunch of bureaucracy in favor of corporations.
yep. Democracy. Delicious delicious “democracy”
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- raw-r-evolution said: LOL, modified food starch.. sounds like they manipulated the hell out of the food starch. Canada is turning out..
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