The names of cruciferously produced vegetables are now being changed after the Department of Health found they can cause colon cancer.
The list includes cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato, collard greens and spinach.
It also includes mustard greens, mustard and shallots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and garlic.
The Department of Food and Agriculture said in a statement Wednesday that the new list will allow Canadians to be better informed and to make informed choices when shopping.
The department said Canadians can also learn more about which foods may contain cancer-causing chemicals in the U.S. or Europe.
“As we move towards an era of greater access to food, we are pleased to be working with our food industry partners and our food manufacturing partners to update the list of crucifierially produced foods to ensure consumers have access to these products,” said Food and Nutrition Services Canada spokesperson Kristine Vazquez.
The new list of approved cruciferly produced foods will be posted online on Wednesday.
Some of the cruciferates listed in the list include: cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflowers, kale and brussels sprouts.
They are also included in: cabbage leaf, brussel sprouts, kielbasa, kolache, kimchi, mustard greens and garlic cloves.
But the list also includes other types of crucifers that are not approved for human consumption.
“Some of these items, such as the cabbage and kohlrose, contain high levels of nitrates, which are carcinogens and may cause cancer,” said Vazavis.
“The list of banned products does not include kohlflowers or kielbes.”
The list of vegetables with high levels is based on a U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) review.
The organization said it is “particularly concerned about the increased use of these crops and the use of fertilizers.”
“The use of herbicides, fertilizers, herbicides-treated compost and other pesticides in food production are among the leading causes of soil erosion, erosion of groundwater, and loss of biodiversity,” said the FAO in its report.
“It is especially concerning that a growing number of agricultural practices are being used to boost yields by removing beneficial species, and increasing the use and use of chemicals and herbicides.”
According to the report, one of the most frequently reported health risks associated with consuming vegetables that have high levels are bowel disorders.
Other types of vegetables, such the sweet potato and cabbage, are also implicated in causing bowel disorders such as constipation and gas.