Guidance documents: Food and nutrition

We have prepared the following guidance documents to assist in the interpretation of policies and governing statutes and regulations, and to assist in preparing submissions when seeking approval from Health Canada for food products, processes and packaging materials.

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Guidance developed by the federal/provincial/territorial food committees

Over the years, Health Canada has contributed to the development of several national model regulations, codes and guidelines for use by governments and industry through its participation on federal/provincial/territorial food committees. Since food safety is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, the purpose of these documents is to promote harmonization of food safety approaches used across Canada.

Food additives

Food labelling

Food packaging

Health claims

Incidental additives

Infant foods and human milk fortifiers

Microbiological safety of foods

Novel fibre sources

Novel foods

National model regulations, codes and guidelines (developed by the F/P/T Food Committees)


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