Globe and Mail - Ottawa mulls new labelling rules for 'natural' deli meats


The federal government is considering new restrictions that may prevent food manufacturers from labelling processed meat products as “natural” if they contain cultured celery extract, a preserving agent that is a source of potentially unhealthy nitrates and nitrites.

Regardless of what the research says, Joe Schwarcz, director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, says moderation is an important key to health. “It’s always a mistake to focus in on single foods either as angels or devils,” he said.