Notice of proposal to update the nutrition labelling: Table of daily values
June 24, 2021
Health Canada's Food Directorate is proposing amendments to the potassium and sodium values for specific age groups in the Table of Daily Values. The table sets out the recommended amounts of nutrients (the daily value) for specific age groups for nutrition labelling purposes. These are the reference points upon which the % daily value (DV) in the nutrition facts table are based.
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. Canada's current DVs for potassium and sodium are based on the 2005 DRIs and thus Health Canada proposes to update the Table of Daily Values to reflect the new DRIs for specific age groups as follows:
- Infants 6 - 12 months: increase the DV for potassium from 700 mg to 860 mg
- Children 1 - 4 years: decrease the DV for sodium from 1500 mg to 1200 mg and decrease the DV for potassium from 3000 mg to 2000 mg
- All other age groups: decrease the DV for potassium from 4700 mg to 3400 mg
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce Health Canada's intention to update the Table of Daily Values and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit comments or new information relevant to this proposal. For more details and information about this proposal, please consult the information document below.
Public comments and contact information
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new information relating to this proposal. Interested persons wishing to submit comments or any inquiries on this proposal may do so electronically by September 7, 2021, 75 days from the date of this posting. All such submissions must use the words "Table of Daily Values (NOP/ADP-DVQ-2021-1)" in the subject line of the e-mail and be addressed to:
Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate
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