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Decisions: Specialty Foods

Host Wafers as a Specialty Food

Question: Are host wafers considered a specialty food? What labelling requirements must be adhered to?

Answer: Hosts sold to religious institutions are considered to be foods which have special religious significance and are used in religious ceremonies, therefore they are exempted from the bilingual labelling requirements (B.01.012 Food and Drug Regulations). However, when the same products are sold to food stores or other similar outlets, they are no longer considered to have special religious significance since they are consumed by the general public and are not used in religious ceremonies. When sold at retail, prepackaged host wafers must be fully labelled in both official languages.