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Changes to the Nutrition Facts table and packaged foods ingredient list finalized


January 4, 2017
By Canadian Vending

Ottawa – Amendments to Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations that call for regulation of serving sizes and more information on sugars are aimed at making the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients on packaged foods easier for Canadians to use and understand.

This is the next step in Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, which was announced in the fall with the launch of the revision of Canada’s Food Guide. The strategy lays out how Health Canada will deliver on the federal 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, the federal government said in a news release.

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, five per cent is a little, 15 per cent is a lot, has also been added to the Nutrition Facts Table to help Canadians use the per cent 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.

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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, the release said.

Read more about the food labelling changes.