Supplemented foods: Share information about supplemented foods
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Sharing information about supplemented foods
We want to increase consumers’ awareness of supplemented foods and their labels to support their ability to:
- understand what supplemented foods are
- distinguish them from other foods and natural health products
- interpret the cautions appropriately
This will allow them to make informed food choices for themselves and their families.
While everyone will benefit from the messages, our focus is on those most at risk, as identified in the cautionary statements, including:
- those under the age of 14
- those sensitive to caffeine
- those who are pregnant and breastfeeding
- those who consume supplements and supplemented foods
Health professionals, industry and consumers can help raise awareness about supplemented foods and their labels. Please share this information with your networks and colleagues to increase the reach.
Copy and paste these messages and share them with your networks.
Messages about supplemented foods
- Supplemented foods or drinks contain 1 or more supplemental ingredients. Examples of supplemented foods and drinks include:
- drinks with added caffeine (for example, caffeinated energy drinks)
- drinks with added vitamins and minerals
- bars with added vitamins and minerals
- Supplemented foods or drinks contain 1 or more supplemental ingredients. Examples of supplemental ingredients include:
- vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B6
- minerals such as calcium and magnesium
- amino acids (which are used to make protein) such as L-leucine, glycine and taurine
Messages about supplemented food labels that can help people in Canada recognize and distinguish supplemented foods from other foods and products
- All supplemented foods will show a supplemented food facts table instead of a nutrition facts table. The supplemented food facts table contains the same information as the nutrition facts table, with the following differences:
- a new title: Supplemented Food Facts
- a new ‘Supplemented with’ section that lists all the supplemental ingredients in the food
- Some supplemented foods contain supplemental ingredients that could pose a risk to health if:
- consumed in excess by the general population
- consumed by people who are:
- under the age of 14
- pregnant or breastfeeding
- sensitive to caffeine
- Some supplemented foods will carry a caution identifier on the front of the label. That means there’s a caution box somewhere else on the label. When you see this identifier, find the caution box to help decide if the food is right for you.
- Some supplemented foods must carry a caution box on the back or the side of the package because of the type or amount of supplemental ingredient in that food. Look for the word ‘caution’ and read the box to help decide if the food is right for you.
- The caution box could tell you who the food is not recommended for. Find out if it applies to you.
- The caution box could tell you to limit how much you eat or drink of the supplemented food so that you don’t have too much of any of the supplemental ingredient(s) in the food.
- The caution box could tell you not to eat or drink the supplemented food with other products so that you don't have too much of the same supplemental ingredients.
Message about the supplemented foods regulations that protect the health and safety of the people in Canada
- Health Canada published regulations for supplemented foods in July 2022. Health Canada now requires manufacturers to show specific labels on supplemented foods to help you make informed health decisions. You may have already seen these new labels. As of January 1st, 2026, all supplemented foods must have them.
Social media posts
You can share these posts through your social media channels.
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#SupplementedFoods are foods or drinks with one or more supplemental ingredients added to them, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and caffeine. Examples include caffeinated energy drinks and bars with added vitamins.
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Did you know that a new caution identifier will appear on some foods or drinks you may have already been consuming? Learn if these #SupplementedFoods are right for you.
Supplemented foods, like caffeinated energy drinks or bars with added vitamins and minerals, are foods or drinks with one or more supplemental ingredients. You will start seeing a new supplemented food facts table on their labels that includes a 'Supplemented with' section listing all the supplemental ingredients. Learn more about supplemented foods and their new labels.
Supplemented foods are foods or drinks with one or more supplemental ingredients. Examples include caffeinated energy drinks and bars with added vitamins. You will start seeing a new supplemented food facts table instead of a nutrition facts table on these foods. Learn more about these new labels.
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You may find it useful to refer your audience to a blog on the supplemented foods regulations.
How to get involved
There are several ways to get involved:
- Share the information on this page with your networks.
- Follow Health Canada on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn and Instagram.
If you have any questions or comments, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line SF Awareness.
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