Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Restricting the Advertising to Children of Prescribed Foods Containing Sodium, Sugars and Saturated Fat)
Title of Regulatory Initiative
Amending to the Food and Drug Regulations (Restricting the Advertising to Children of Prescribed Foods Containing Sodium, Sugars or Saturated Fat)
Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations that would introduce new restrictions on the advertising to children of prescribed foods containing sodium, sugars or saturated fat.
The proposed amendments would reduce children's exposure to, and the power of, advertising of prescribed foods to lower the risk of obesity and diet-related chronic disease. Supporting restrictions on the commercial marketing of food and beverages to children was identified as a commitment in the Minister of Health's December 2021 Mandate Letter.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.
Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses
It is anticipated that this proposal would reduce children's exposure to and the power of the advertising of prescribed foods containing sodium, sugars or saturated fat (over specific thresholds) resulting in the development of healthier eating habits and, ultimately, lower risk of obesity and related chronic diseases in adulthood. Businesses involved in advertising food to children may have a reduction in revenue.
The proposed restrictions would apply to companies and entities involved in advertising food to children. This includes, but is not limited to, food manufacturers, producers and importers, food retailers and restaurants, broadcasters, digital media, as well as advertising and marketing agencies.
Health Canada engaged and consulted extensively on this initiative between 2016 and 2019.
People in Canada will have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which is expected to take place in fall 2023.
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Departmental contact information
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Health Products and Food Branch
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan
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