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Ottawa wants to know what you think about its unusual proposal to put a cancer-fighting drug into junk food.
Health Canada is inviting public comments until February 21 on its idea to have small amounts of the enzyme asparaginase put into foods like potato chips and french fries. On its website, Health Canada says its scientists have finished a detailed safety assessment on the enzyme and haven't found any health or safety concerns.
Additionally, it can also be associated with a coagulopathy as it decreases protein synthesis, including synthesis of coagulation factors (eg progressive isolated decrease of fibrinogen) and anticoagulant factor (generally antithrombin III; sometimes protein C & S as well), leading to bleeding or thrombotic events such as stroke.
Health Canada may soon allow processed food manufacturers to add vitamins and minerals to junk food, a move one health expert said defies logic.
If a discretionary fortification policy were adopted, staple foods such as breakfast cereal, fresh meat, cheese, bread, rice, fruits and vegetables would be ineligible to receive nutrients because they naturally contain vitamins and minerals.
Although Health Canada was expected to publish the proposed regulatory changes in March, they have now been delayed indefinitely by Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.