Guiding Benchmark Sodium Reduction Levels for Processed Foods: Summary Table
The proposed sales-weighted average levels apply to the sales-weighted average sodium for a company's products within the category. The maximum level applies to individual products within the category.
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Food Category Description
Numbers refer to the "Group ID"
in the Data Table (Appendix A)
2009-2010 Sales-Weighted Average
mg sodium per 100 g
Sales-Weighted Average Level
mg sodium per 100 g
Sales-Weighted Average Level
mg sodium per 100 g
Dec 31, 2016
Sales-Weighted Average Level
mg sodium per 100 g
Dec 31, 2016
mg sodium per 100 g
|1. Bakery products
(Levels also apply to gluten free products)
|1a. English muffins and raisin bread||White or whole grain English muffins, crumpets, and raisin bread.
1.0122 and 1.0126
|1b. Pantry bread and rolls, bagels, croissants, and flatbreads||Prepackaged white or whole grain sliced breads, bagels, croissants (includes frozen doughs as consumed), flatbreads (pita, Greek flatbread), pizza crusts, diet or low calorie breads, and pantry rolls and buns. Also includes par-baked bread and rolls.
1.0123, 1.0124, 1.0125, 1.0127, 1.0129, 1.0130, and 1.0142
|1c. Hearth bread||Bread baked directly on the hearth or in a pan without sides for crispier crusts e.g. baguettes, crusted bread, artisan breads, rye bread, pumpernickel bread, and garlic bread. Includes breads with and without additions e.g. olives, onion and cheese. Also includes bread mixes and frozen dough as consumed.
1.0121 and 1.0141
|1d. Tortillas, wraps, and naan||Refrigerated and shelf stable plain or flavoured tortillas, wraps or naan. Excludes pita (see 1b).
1.5301 and 1.5302
|1e. Pie dough and shells||Refrigerated or frozen pie or tart shells, and dry mixes as consumed. Excludes graham cracker crusts.
|1f. Refrigerated dough||Refrigerated fruit filled pastry, garlic bread, croissant, and dinner roll dough. Excludes refrigerated cookie dough (see 1j).
|1g. Dry bread||Melba toast, rusks, breadsticks, pita or baguette chips, and other crisp breads. Excludes breadcrumbs and croutons (see 1h).
|1h. Breadcrumbs, croutons, and salad toppers||Plain and seasoned breadcrumbs, croutons, and salad toppers e.g. fried chow mein noodles and wonton strips.
1.6301 and 1.6302
|1i. Crackers||Plain or flavoured crackers, sandwich crackers, puffed cakes, and graham crackers e.g. cheese crackers, soda crackers, and rice cakes. Excludes dry breads (see 1g).
|1j. Cookies||Filled and unfilled sweet cookies, biscuits, refrigerated dough, and dry mixes as consumed. Excludes infant and toddler cookies and biscuits (see 15b) and graham crackers (see 1i).
1.5101, 1.5102, 1.5103, 1.5104, 1.5105, 1.5106, 1.5107, and 1.5108
|1k. Baked desserts||Cakes, cheesecakes, snack cakes, pies, fruit crisps, doughnuts (yeast and cake types), pastries, sweet buns, brownies and squares, muffins and quick breads, and dry mix products as consumed. Excludes non-yeast leavened cinnamon rolls (see 1p).
1.6501, 1.6502, 1.6503, 1.6504, 1.6505, 1.6506, 1.6507, 1.6509, 1.6510, 1.6511, and 1.6513
|1l. Toaster pastries||Toaster pastries with fruit or other fillings.
|1m. Granola and cereal type bars||Granola bars (plain and coated), fruit filled bars, and muffin-type bars. Excludes sweet and salty bars (see 1n), and infant and toddler snack bars (see 15b).
|1n. Sweet and salty bars||Sweet and salty granola bars.
|1o. Pancakes, waffles, and French toast||Shelf stable, frozen, refrigerated, and dry mix products as consumed.
|1p. Tea biscuits and scones||Ready-made and dry mix tea biscuits, scones, and non-yeast leavened cinnamon rolls as consumed.
|2. Breakfast cereals|
|2a. Ready-to-eat cereals||Granola, muesli, shredded, flaked, puffed, extruded, and high-fibre compact cereals.
2.0301, 2.0302, 2.0303, 2.0304, 2.0305, 2.0306, and 2.0307
|2b. Hot instant cereals||Plain and flavoured hot instant cereals (dry mix, as sold) e.g. oatmeal.
2.5101 and 2.5102
|3. Dairy products and substitutes|
|3a. Cottage cheese||Plain and flavoured cottage cheese. Excludes ricotta.
|3b. Cream cheese, cream cheese products, and soft unripened goat cheese||Plain and flavoured (sweet or savoury) products. Includes cream cheese spread, cream cheese-style products, and soft unripened goat cheese. Excludes cream cheese based dips (see 11e).
3.0420, 3.0431, and 3.0437
|3c. Brie, Camembert, Cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Brick, Colby, Gouda, and Mozzarella||Brie, Camembert, mild, medium and old Cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Brick, Colby, Gouda, Mozzarella (including pasta filata), string cheese, and shredded mixed cheese. Excludes fresh Mozzarella and cheese curds.
3.0401, 3.0412, 3.0435, and 3.0438
|3d. Hard cheese, grated and ungrated||Shelf stable and refrigerated hard cheese e.g. Parmesan and Romano.
|3e.Feta and feta-style cheese||Cheese sold in brine and cheese salted through a brine e.g. feta cheese.
|3f. Processed cheese and other cheese products||Processed cheese products made from an emulsified blend of natural cheese. Includes spreads, blocks, and slices with or without added ingredients. Excludes string cheese (see 3c).
3.0503, 3.0511, and 3.0512
|3g. Dairy-free cheese and spreads||Soy, rice, and other dairy-free cheese slices, blocks, and spreads. 3.6101||616||560||510||460||1140|
|4. Fats and oils|
|4a. Salted butter and butter blends||Plain and flavoured butter and butter blends. Excludes unsalted butter.
|4b. Salted margarine||Plain and flavoured margarine. Excludes unsalted margarine.
|4c. Mayonnaise and mayonnaise type spreads and dressing||Plain and flavoured mayonnaise and mayonnaise type spreads and dressings. Includes low fat and fat-free versions, and oil based sandwich spreads. Includes standardized salad dressing (see B.07.040 and B.07.042 of the Food and Drug Regulations).
4.0717 and 4.0718
|4d. Salad dressing and vinaigrette||Refrigerated and shelf stable oil and vinegar based dressings, creamy dressings, and salad dressing mixes as consumed. Includes low fat and fat-free versions. Excludes standardized salad dressing (B.07.040 and B.07.042 of the Food and Drug Regulations) (see 4c). 4.0715 and 4.0716||987||890||790||690||1130|
|5a. Canned tuna||Shelf stable water and oil packed tuna. Excludes sauce packed tuna (see 5b).
5.0811 and 5.0827
|5b. Canned salmon and other canned fish and shellfish||Canned salmon, water and oil packed fish, sauce packed fish, fish salad and shellfish e.g. sardines, mackerel, sauce packed tuna, shrimp, crab, clams, and smoked oysters. Includes retort packed products. Excludes water and oil packed tuna (see 5a) and anchovies.
5.5211 and 5.5212
|5c. Imitation and simulated seafood||Surimi, crab flavoured pollock, imitation or simulated crab and lobster meat.
|5d. Kippered fish||Kippered fish e.g. kippered herring.
|5e. Frozen plain fish and seafood with added sodium phosphate||Frozen plain fish and seafood with added sodium phosphate.
5.5301 and 5.5307
|5f. Fish and seafood: cakes or burgers, seasoned, and breaded or battered||Fish and seafood: cakes and burgers, seasoned, with sauce or seasoning, breaded or battered, and stuffed fish.
5.5302, 5.5303, 5.5304, and 5.5308
|5g. Smoked fish||Smoked fish e.g. smoked salmon and smoked rainbow trout. Excludes fresh smoked fish and salmon jerky (see 7k).
|5h. Fish and seafood mousse, spread, and dips||Fish and seafood based mousse, spread, and dips.
|6. Mixed dishes|
|6a. Canned chili||Shelf stable vegetarian and meat chili.
|6b. Canned stew and meatballs||Shelf stable stew, meatballs, and curries.
|6c. Shelf stable pasta, noodles, and rice or grains with sauce or seasoned||Shelf stable pasta, noodles, and rice or grain mixes with sauce or seasonings, as consumed e.g. macaroni with cheese sauce, noodles in tomato sauce, and teriyaki noodles.
6.5103 and 6.5105
|6d. Stuffing mixes||Shelf stable stuffing mixes as consumed. Excludes refrigerated stuffing (see 6j or 6k).
|6e. Baked and refried beans||Shelf stable meat and vegetarian baked beans and refried beans.
|6f. Pizza, pizza snacks, and frozen sandwiches||Frozen and refrigerated pizza, pizza snacks, calzones, and frozen sandwiches with or without meat. Excludes sandwich wraps and burritos (see 6j or 6k).
6.5701, 6.5702, 6.5703, and 6.5704
|6g. Frozen potatoes||Plain and seasoned French fries, sweet potato fries, hash browns and potato patties.
6.6001 and 6.6003
|6h. Dry mashed or scalloped potatoes||Dehydrated scalloped or mashed potatoes as consumed.
|6i. Refrigerated prepared salads||Refrigerated prepared salads e.g. potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad, vegetable salad, bean salad, couscous, and rice salad.
6.6102, 6.6103, 6.6104, 6.6105, and 6.6107
|6j. Refrigerated or frozen appetizers/sides/entrees with a serving size less than 170 g||Dinner entrees, meal sides, meal centers, and appetizers with a serving size less than 170 grams. Excludes all other items listed in Group.
|6k. Refrigerated or frozen appetizers/sides/entrees with a serving size of 170 g or more||Dinner entrees, meal sides, meal centers, and appetizers with a serving size of 170 grams or more. Excludes all other items listed in Group 6.
6.5220 and 6.5221
|7. Meat products|
|7a. Uncooked bacon - belly||Uncooked belly bacon. Excludes back bacon (see 7o), bacon substitutes (see 7b), and pre-cooked shelf stable bacon (see 7p).
|7b. Fully cooked breakfast strips and bacon substitutes||Chicken, turkey, and other meat based breakfast strips. Excludes back bacon (see 7f) and pre-cooked shelf stable bacon (see 7p).
|7c. Uncooked fresh sausage||Uncooked breakfast and dinner sausages e.g. pork, chicken and turkey.
|7d. Fully cooked sausage - smoked and unsmoked, and wieners||Wieners (hot dogs) and smoked or unsmoked sausages with or without cheese.
|7e. Pâtés and spreads||Pâtés and spreads e.g. creton and liverwurst. Excludes fish pâtés and spreads (see 5h).
|7f. Packaged deli meats - fully cooked||Cooked deli meat e.g. smoked meat, pastrami, bologna, corned beef, ham, sliced chicken and turkey, luncheon meat loaf, roast beef, cooked pepperoni, and cooked back bacon.
|7g. Packaged deli meats - dry cured, fermented, no thermal process||Dry cured, fermented deli meats which have not been thermally processed, e.g. salami and dried pepperoni. Excludes Prosciutto.
|7h. Canned chicken or turkey||Shelf stable flakes and chunks of chicken or turkey.
|7i. Canned meat||Shelf stable meats e.g. Vienna sausage, flaked ham, corned beef, and luncheon meat.
|7j. Meat sticks||Shelf stable and refrigerated meat sticks e.g. pepperoni, turkey, beef, ham, and chicken.
|7k. Jerky||Shelf stable jerky e.g. beef, turkey, and salmon.
|7l. Meat/Poultry marinated or flavoured and moisture enhanced, uncured||Whole muscle cuts with sauce, marinade and/or dry rubs, and meat with added sodium phosphate.
7.7101, 7.7102, 7.7104, and 7.7105
|7m. Burgers, meatballs, meat loaf, and breaded meat and poultry||Meat and poultry burgers, meatballs and meatloaf, and breaded meat products e.g. products with cheese, breaded and unbreaded burgers, strips, nuggets, chicken burgers, chicken balls, schnitzel, and cutlets.
7.7108, 7.7109, 7.7111, and 7.7112
|7n. Chicken wings||Cooked and uncooked chicken wings in sauce, breaded or battered, and seasoned.
7.7114 and 7.7115
|7o. Preserved meat - uncooked||Uncooked pickled, corned, cured or smoked meats (excludes dried and salted meats) e.g. cottage roll, corned beef, pork picnic, Wiltshire bacon, and uncooked back bacon. Excludes belly bacon (see 7a) and cooked back bacon (see 7f).
|7p. Bacon bits and shelf stable pre-cooked bacon||Shelf stable real and simulated bacon bits and bacon strips.
|8. Meat substitutes|
|8a. Seasoned tofu and tempeh||Savoury, marinated, and seasoned tofu and tempeh. Excludes plain tofu, tofu based desserts and plain tempeh.
|8b. Meat analogues||Frozen and refrigerated meat analogs e.g. veggie patties, burgers, veggie dogs, meatballs, and deli style slices. Excludes dairy-free cheese (see 3g).
|9a. Canned, dried, and refrigerated soups||Canned condensed, ready-to-serve, and dried cream and broth-based soup, broth, stock, bouillon, and consommé as consumed. Includes fresh and instant oriental noodle soups.
9.1721, 9.1722, 9.1723, 9.1811, 9.1812, 9.1913, 9.1914, 9.5301, 9.5302, and 9.5201
|10a. Chips, popcorn, and extruded corn snacks||Potato, corn, tortilla, rice, and vegetable chips; extruded and puffed corn snacks; microwave and stovetop ready popcorn, and seasoned or candied ready to eat popcorn. Excludes unseasoned dry popcorn kernels.
10.5302, 10.5303, and 10.5304, and 10.5305
|10b. Pretzels and snack mixes||Hard pretzels, candied pretzels, sesame sticks, and assorted snack mixes. Excludes trail mix.
|10c. Nuts, seeds, and kernels, seasoned and candied||Seasoned, salted, and candied nuts, seeds, and kernels e.g. salted sunflower seeds, BBQ peanuts, and beer nuts. Excludes unsalted products.
|10d. Pudding||Refrigerated, shelf stable, and dry mix puddings as consumed. Includes soy pudding.
|11. Sauces, dips, gravies and condiments|
|11a. Pasta sauce||Shelf stable, refrigerated, frozen, and dry mix tomato-based pasta, pizza, and lasagna sauces, and cream or cheese sauces, as consumed.
11.8001 and 11.8002
|11b. Pesto||Shelf stable and refrigerated pesto e.g. basil or sun-dried tomato pesto.
|11c. Tomato sauce||Shelf stable plain or flavoured tomato sauce. Excludes tomato-based pasta sauces (see 11a) and tomato paste (see 12a).
|11d. Condiments||Shelf stable condiments e.g. ketchup, chili sauce, seafood sauce, BBQ sauce, steak sauce, chutney, and mustard. Excludes relish (see 12d).
11.7001 and 11.7002
|11e. Gravy, cooking sauces, dips, and salsa.||Shelf stable, refrigerated and dry mix gravy, cooking sauces (e.g. hollandaise, curry, and stir-fry sauces), salsa, and vegetable, legume, and dairy-based dips as consumed. Excludes curry paste (see 11i).
11.7003, 11.7004, and 11.7005
|11f. Sweet oriental sauces||Sweet oriental sauces e.g. plum sauce, cherry sauce, pineapple sauce, and sweet and sour sauce. Excludes sweet chili sauce (see 11g).
|11g. Soya and other oriental sauces||Oriental sauces e.g. soya, teriyaki, black bean, fish, hoisin, peanut sauce, and sweet chili sauce. Excludes stir-fry sauce (see 11e), marinades (see 11h), and sweet oriental sauces (see 11f).
|11h. Marinades||Shelf stable and dry marinade mixes as consumed.
|11i. Curry pastes||Curry pastes e.g. Thai and Indian.
|12a. Tomato paste with additions||Tomato paste with additions e.g. tomato paste with herbs or garlic. Excludes plain tomato paste with no added salt.
|12b. Canned vegetables and legumes||Canned vegetables and legumes e.g. potatoes, tomatoes, corn, peas, green beans, mushrooms, mixed vegetables, beets (plain and pickled), kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, and bean salads.
12.6201, 12.6202, 12.6203, 12.6204, 12.6208, 12.6210, 12.6211, 12.6213, 12.6217, 12.6218, 12.6219, and 12.6224
|12c. Sour pickled vegetables||Shelf stable sour pickled vegetables e.g. cucumbers, onions, peppers, sauerkraut, and other vegetables.
12.6209 and 12.6220
|12d. Sweet pickled vegetables||Shelf stable sweet pickled vegetables e.g. cucumbers, onions, relish, and other vegetables.
|12e. Olives and sundried tomatoes||Shelf stable un-stuffed olives, tapenade, and sundried tomatoes. Excludes stuffed olives (see 12f).
12.6207 and 12.6222
|12f. Stuffed olives||Shelf stable stuffed olives.
|12g. Vegetable juice and cocktail||Vegetable juice and vegetable juice cocktail e.g. tomato juice, carrot juice, and tomato and clam juice. Excludes vegetable and fruit juice blends.
|13. Nut butters|
|13a. Nut butters||Nut butters e.g. peanut, almond, cashew, and soy. Excludes unsalted nut butters and tahini.
|14. Seasoning mixes|
|14a. Breading, batter, and coatings||Meat, fish, and vegetable breading or batter coatings.
|14b. Dry seasoning mixes||Dry seasoning mixes for side and main dishes e.g. chili, stew, fajita, and salad seasoning. Includes popcorn seasoning. Excludes salts listed in Division 7 of the Food and Drug Regulations.
14.5701, 14.5706, 14.5707, and 14.5709
|14c. Meat and fish seasoning||Dry seasoning for meat and fish e.g. steak spice.
|17 521||17 200||15 000||12 700||23 000|
|15. Infant and toddler foods|
|15a. Toddler mixed dishes||Shelf stable and frozen toddler entrees.
|15b. Cookies, biscuits and snack bars||Infant and toddler cookies, biscuits and snack bars.
|15c. Savoury snacks||Infant and toddler seasoned extruded snacks.
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