Canada Gazette, Part I consultation on proposed food label changes
This public consultation closed at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on August 27, 2015. For updates on food labelling requirements, please see food labelling changes.
Canada is proposing to make improvements to the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients on food labels. Learn about the Canada Gazette, Part I consultation process and the proposed changes.
Commitment to consult with Canadians
Canada committed to consult with consumers, especially parents, on ways to improve nutrition information on food labels. Based on the commitment outlined in the October 2013 Speech from the Throne, we took action to get feedback from Canadians. The consultation process is outlined below.
- January to April 2014
- The Minister of Health met with parents and consumers, and launched an online questionnaire on food labels.
- June 2014
- Health Canada published a What We Heard report that outlined the feedback from these consultations. This report also included feedback from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Food Labelling Modernization Initiative.
- July to September 2014
- Health Canada held consultations with consumers and stakeholders on proposed changes to food labels. These included changes to serving sizes, sugar labelling and the list of ingredients.
- Winter 2014 to spring 2015
- Health Canada analyzed the feedback and made changes to the proposals for further consultation.
- June 2015
- Canada Gazette, Part I publication and consultation begins.
Summary of proposed changes to food labels
The proposed changes for packaged food labels reflect the latest science and eating habits of Canadians. They also take into consideration feedback obtained from Canadians and stakeholders throughout 2014.
In general, the proposed changes are as follows.
- Regulate serving sizes to make them consistent and realistic. This change will make it easier for Canadians to compare similar foods. It will also help them make informed food choices for themselves and their families.
- Make it easier to find information on serving size and calories.
- Add a footnote at the bottom of the nutrition facts table to explain how to use percent daily value (% DV). This footnote will help consumers know how much of a nutrient a serving of food contains. It explains that:
- 5% or less is a little
- 15% or more is a lot
- Improve the labelling of sugars. A new % DV for sugars will tell Canadians whether a food has a little or a lot of sugars. In the list of ingredients, sugars will be grouped. This will help consumers see how much added sugars are included compared to other ingredients. It will also help consumers identify unfamiliar sources of sugars, such as:
- fancy molasses
- malted barley
- fruit juice concentrate
- Make the ingredient list and information on allergens easier to find and read.
- Identify food colours by their common name in the list of ingredients. This will help consumers who have sensitivities to certain food colours to avoid those ingredients when shopping for food.
- Allow the use of a new health claim: "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits may help reduce the risk of heart disease."
Proposed nutrition facts table - Text Description
Proposed list of ingredients - Text Description
Above the box there are two arrows with a note which says, Black font: upper and lower case. There is a third arrow pointing to the sugar ingredients with a note which says: Grouping of sugars-based ingredients.
How Canadians and stakeholders can get involved
Canadians and stakeholders are invited to provide comments to the Canada Gazette, Part I consultation. Please provide your comments in writing to the address below by August 27, 2015.
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Address locator: 3105A
1600 Scott Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
You can also submit comments to us by fax at 613-941-7104 or by email.
- News release
- Proposed food label changes to sugars information
- Proposed food label changes to serving size
- Proposed food label changes to the list of ingredients
- Proposed food label changes to the nutrition facts table
- Canada Gazette, Part I publication
- Table of reference amounts for food
- Table of daily values
- Directory of nutrition facts table formats
- Summary of Health Canada's Assessment of a Health Claim about Vegetables and Fruit and Heart Disease
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