Food and nutrition

Safe food and good nutrition are important to Canadians. Maintaining the safety of Canada's food supply is a shared responsibility among government, industry and consumers. Eating a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the best ways to protect and promote good health.



Latest developments on food and nutrition related to COVID-19.

What is Health Canada doing?

Health Canada is responsible for:

  • Establishing policies, setting standards and providing advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food.
  • Promoting the nutritional health and well-being of Canadians by collaboratively defining, promoting and implementing evidence-based nutrition policies and standards.
  • Administering the provisions of the Food and Drugs Act that relate to public health, safety and nutrition.
  • Evaluating the safety, quality and effectiveness of veterinary drugs.

To learn about what we are doing to make food safe and to make healthy eating the easier choice for you, please see our Food and nutrition highlights report.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency provides all federal inspection services related to food and enforces the food safety and nutritional quality standards established by Health Canada.

What information is available?

In this section you will find information on food safety and nutrition, including:

  • Controlling chemical and microbiological contaminants in foods.
  • Nutrition and healthy eating, including Canada's Food Guide.
  • Assuring the safety of novel foods (including genetically modified foods), and food additives.
  • Nutrition labelling.
  • Food consumption and nutrient intake.

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