The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Kicks Off Third Phase of Public Consultations on Food Labelling in Canada

News Release

Online survey available until February 28, 2017

December 1, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are asking Canadians how to make food labels better. A CFIA discussion document outlining proposals to change food labels and the food labelling system will be available online for public comment until February 28, 2017.

This is the third consultation on food labelling as part of the CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization initiative. Proposals outlined in the discussion document include revising the format of best before dates, improving legibility of information and requiring more modern forms of contact information for food dealers. Summary reports on the first and second round of consultations are available online. The reports outline key findings on roles, regulations, policy and program development and service delivery.

The CFIA and Health Canada are working together to improve food labelling. Improving the way that food is labelled will help Canadians make informed choices about their health and the health of the people that they buy for.  

Quick Facts

  • Food labels can save lives. Canadians use food labels to avoid food allergies.
  • Health Canada is responsible for health and nutrition information on food labels and the CFIA is responsible for all other information, such as best before dates, dealer contact information, and country of origin.
  • The CFIA enforces all federal food labelling requirements.

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