Supplemented foods: Overview

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About supplemented foods

Supplemented foods are prepackaged foods with 1 or more specific ingredients (supplemental ingredients) added for purposes other than nutrition.

Examples of supplemented foods include:

Learn about the difference between supplemented foods and other types of foods, like fortified foods, and natural health products.

Examples of permitted supplemental ingredients include:

Some supplemented foods contain supplemental ingredients that can pose a risk to your health if you:

You can find important directions for consumption on the label.

Learn more about the labelling of supplemented foods.

Example of a supplemented food: Caffeinated energy drinks

Caffeinated energy drinks are prepackaged drinks or dry mixes that contain added caffeine above a specific amount. They also typically contain other ingredients such as:

Caffeinated energy drinks can also contain guarana and yerba mate, which are natural sources of caffeine.

We restrict the amount of caffeine from all sources to a total of 180 mg per serving of a caffeinated energy drink.

We also limit the amount of other added ingredients like taurine, B vitamins and minerals.

How to report a concern with caffeinated energy drinks

If you have a concern about a caffeinated energy drink, such as 1 with more than 180 mg of caffeine per serving, or 1 that is missing cautionary statements, we encourage you to report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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