On December 14, 2016, the Government of Canada published the “Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours)” in the Canada Gazette Part II, which outlined the new requirements for food labeling in Canada.
Some of the changes include:
- The Nutrition facts table has been updated with a new easy to read format, which includes a revised nutrient list (addition of Potassium and the removal of Vitamin A and Vitamin C), along with related Daily Value (DV) percentages, and the addition of a new DV footnote.
- The list of ingredients will require changes not only to the formatting, but also the grouping and positioning of Sugars.
- The serving size has also been updated to reflect the amount of what Canadians are actually consuming per sitting.
These improvements are geared towards providing consumers with the latest science and the ability to compare products simply. They will also make it easier for consumers to find information quickly.The food industry has five years to implement the amended changes. More details and the regulation document can be found here.