Government of Canada finalizes changes to the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients on packaged foods
Making science-based nutrition information easier to understand is one way to empower Canadians to make healthier food choices. The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to make the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients on packaged foods easier for Canadians to use and understand.
Also read, Canada’s New Food Labels Won’t Include GMO Information.
“We have updated nutrition facts tables on pre-packaged foods in a way that is based on science and that will meet the needs of Canadians feeding their families. We are also consulting on innovative ways to present nutrition information on food labels, such as front-of-pack labelling, to help Canadians make healthy choices on sugars, sodium and saturated fat,” Jane Philpott Minister of Health.
This is the next step in Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, which was announced by the Minister earlier this fall with the launch of the revision of Canada’s Food Guide. The Strategy aims to make healthy food choices the easy choice for all Canadians. It lays out how Health Canada will deliver on the Government’s commitments to reduce sodium in processed foods, eliminate industrially produced trans-fat, provide consumers with more information about sugars and food colours, and introduce restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children.
Included in the labelling amendments are changes to the regulation of serving sizes to make comparing similar food products easier. A simple rule of thumb, 5% is a little, 15% is a lot, has also been added to the Nutrition Facts Table to help Canadians use the percent daily value (% DV) to better understand the nutritional composition of a single product or to better compare two food products. More information on sugars will also be made available, including a % DV for total sugars in the Nutrition Facts table, and the grouping together of sugar-based ingredients under the name “sugars” in the list of ingredients.
In addition, all food colours will be declared by their common name rather than the generic term “colour” and the list of ingredients and allergen information will be easier to read. A new health claim will also be allowed on fruits and vegetables, informing Canadians about the health benefits of these foods. The food industry has until 2021 to make these changes. This timeline for implementation will align with other labelling changes proposed under the Healthy Eating Strategy including front of pack labelling as well as some label modernization measures being proposed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
This initiative is part of the vision for a healthy Canada, which takes a holistic approach to health, focusing on healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy mind.
SOURCE Health Canada
News & Updates
Stay informed with the latest news around foodservice, agriculture and other related food news.