Notice of modification to update the incorporated by reference document entitled nutrition labelling – Table of daily values
Reference Number: NOM/ADM-DVQ-2022-1
October 20, 2022
Health Canada has amended the potassium and sodium values for specific age groups in the Table of daily values on October 20, 2022. The Table sets out the reference values or recommended amounts of nutrients (the daily value) for specific age groups for nutrition labelling purposes. These are the reference points upon which the % daily values (DVs) in the Nutrition Facts table are based. Manufacturers will have until January 1, 2026 to comply with the updated Table of daily values.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has published updated Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for sodium and potassium (2019). The DRIs are a comprehensive set of nutrient reference values for healthy populations that are used to inform nutrition policies and programs. Health Canada has updated the Table of daily values to reflect the new DRIs for specific age groups as follows:
- Infants 6 - 12 months: DV for potassium 860 mg
- Children 1 - 4 years: DV for sodium 1200 mg and DV for potassium 2000 mg
- All other age groups: DV for potassium 3400 mg
The purpose of this communication is to announce Health Canada's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for those wishing to submit an inquiry or new information relevant to this notice. For more details and information about this notice, please consult the information document below.
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new information relating to this notice. Interested persons wishing to submit any inquiries on this notice may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "Table of daily values (NOM/ADM-DVQ-2022-1)" in the subject line of your e-mail and be addressed to:Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate
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