The Government of Canada has amended the country’s food and drug regulations to make the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients on packaged items to help Canadians follow and understand healthier eating options.
Its marks the next step in Health Canada’s healthy eating strategy, which includes the pathway to the government’s commitment to reducing sodium in processed foods, introducing restrictions on commercial marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children and adults.
Under the new labelling amendments, changes will be made to regulation of serving sizes to make comparing similar food products easier.
Government of Canada Health Minister Jane Philpott said: “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.”
The updated nutrition facts table includes 5% as little and 15% as lot to describe the percent daily value (% DV) for Canadians.
It will also help people understand the nutritional composition of a single product, or compare two food products in a better way.
The table will also include more information on sugars, including a % DV for total sugars and the grouping together of related ingredients in this category.
Furthermore, all food colours will be called by their common name instead of the generic term ‘colour’ and a new health claim will be provided on fruits and vegetables.
The government has given the timeline of 2021 to the food industry to make the newly announced changes.
The labelling modernisation measures and other changes proposed by Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Healthy Eating Strategy have also been scheduled during the same period.