B.C. is lagging behind when it comes to regulating industrial toxins and warning people about harmful substances in food and household products, a local MLA said yesterday.


“People have a right to know what is in their food,” said Gregor Robertson, New Democrat MLA for Vancouver-Fairview.


Robertson will introduce a pair of private member’s bills today that would put B.C. among the toughest jurisdictions in the world when it comes to regulating toxins.


  • The Right To Know Act calls for mandatory health labels on products, identifying carcinogens and toxins and the labelling of all genetically engineered ingredients in food.

  • The Toxics Reduction Act bans toxic substances that are prohibited in other developed nations and sets a goal to reduce industrial toxins 50 per cent by 2015.

  • The twin bills were introduced in November, Robertson said, but were “ignored” during a busy fall in the Legislature.