Here is the thing. I am allergic to sulphites. Monosodium bisuphite is a killer to me. Gives me a respiratory reaction, like asthma. It's in some beers. Apparently proposals for beer labeling in Canada would include declarations that sulphites are in the beer:
The labelling changes, first announced in July 2008, would make it easier for people with allergies to understand what's in their food. The new regulations would call for clearer language on their ingredient lists and would alert consumers whether the food or beverage contains one of more of 10 known allergens, such as milk, eggs, nuts or sulphites. If the product contained gluten, it would have to list the source of the gluten, such as wheat, rye or barley. The regulations would apply to all packaged foods, as well as wine, beer, vinegar and spirits.
Some wines already declare whether they are sulphite free so what is the big deal? I really do not mind this law but I am not sure how it would have helped me. One little problem I have is that MSBS is often not listed on ingredient lists as it is added in the wholesale stage, especially on "fresh fruit" additions to otherwise packaged foods. It's chucked on in the farm to factory or factory to bulk goo stages. Once, I needed an inhaler after drinking a diet soda pop with "fresh lemon flavour." The good thing is that goo is only in the crap food anyway. Best to avoid it. Plus, best of all, the cure seems to be the application of a mild a relaxant... like alcohol. And, through avoidance of the likely suspects, I have not had any real problems for well over a decade.
But sulphites can occur naturally in beer, included in the hard water like at Burton. And before I knew what was going on, I coughed for a year. Had a zillion visits to specialists and no one had a clue what was up. So, would this have helped me or not?