Health Canada's Technical Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Core Nutrients Declared in the Canadian Nutrition Facts Table

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The online consultation is now closed.


Health Canada is undertaking a broad review of the nutrition labelling regulations. This review has led to proposed revisions to the list of core nutrients, specifically micronutrients (except sodium) and sugars, to be declared in the Nutrition Facts table (NFt).

The purpose of this document is to outline Health Canada's proposed changes to the list of core nutrients in the NFt with the intent to make this section of the NFt more relevant to Canadian consumers and to solicit feedback from interested stakeholders.

Consultation Document

How to get Involved

This consultation is open for comment starting July 14, 2014 until September 12, 2014 (60 calendar day period). Comments on Health Canada's Proposed Changes to the Core Nutrients Declared in the Canadian Nutrition Facts table as outlined in this technical consultation document may be submitted in writing by regular mail or electronically at the address indicated below. If you are submitting your comments electronically, please use the phrase "Revised Core Nutrients and Declaration of Sugars" in the subject box of your email.

Food Directorate, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9

Fax: 613-941-6636

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 12, 2014.

Consulting with Canadians

On January 28, 2014, the Minister of Health announced that Health Canada was beginning a process to consult Canadian parents and consumers on ways to improve nutritional information on food labels, in response to a commitment identified in the  2013 Speech from the Throne.  The initial phase of this consultative process includes a series of roundtable discussions with Canadians across the country along with an online questionnaire. A What We Heard report has been prepared to provide an overview of the feedback received.

Health Canada is now entering the second phase of consultations which focuses on various technical aspects of the Nutrition Facts table (NFt), including this technical consultation on proposed changes to the core nutrients. Additional proposed changes to the NFt, such as changes to the serving size declaration, reference amounts, Daily Values (DVs) and format are being consulted on as part of this phase. Input from all of these consultations and earlier feedback from Canadian parents and consumers will be used in conjunction with other data sources in the development of proposed amendments to the nutrition and food labelling regulations.

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