Consultation: Proposed regulations for supplemented foods

Current status: Open

Opened on June 26 and will close to new input on August 25, 2021

Supplemented foods are prepackaged foods containing one or more supplemental ingredients such as vitamins, mineral nutrients, amino acids, and other ingredients (e.g., caffeine, herbal extracts) added to provide a specific physiological or health effect.

Examples of supplemented foods include:

Join in: how to participate

1. We invite you to read through Health Canada's regulatory proposal for supplemented foods, which includes:

To obtain a copy of the IBR documents, please email: hc.supplementedfoods-alimentssupplementes.sc@canada.ca and use the words "Supplemented Food Documents" in the subject line.

Please provide your comments by email to hc.lrm.consultations-mlr.sc@canada.ca by August 25, 2021 and include the following in the subject line: "Proposed regulations for supplemented foods".

2. Health Canada has also developed a guidance document to facilitate an understanding of the proposed regulatory requirements for supplemented foods at Canada Gazette, Part I.

To obtain a copy of this guidance document, please email hc.supplementedfoods-alimentssupplementes.sc@canada.ca and use the words "Supplemented Food Documents" in the subject line.

You can also participate by mail: Please send a letter with your comments to the address below.

Who is the focus of this consultation?

This consultation is open to all interested Canadians including:

Goal of the consultation

Health Canada is seeking feedback on its regulatory proposal for supplemented foods (regulations amending the Food and Drug Regulations). The Food and Drug Regulations do not have provisions directly pertaining to supplemented foods. As an interim measure, Health Canada has issued Temporary Marketing Authorizations (TMAs) to allow supplemented foods on the market on a case-by-case basis. While the food is on the market, TMA holders are required to generate information on their products. This information, in addition to consumer research and consultations, has informed the proposed regulations. These regulations will help protect the health and safety of Canadians while providing clear and predictable regulations for supplemented foods. This will be achieved through a risk-based approach that:

Related information

Contact us

Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada
Holland Cross, Tower A, Suite 14, Ground Floor
11 Holland Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9
Address locator: 3000A

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