Table of Reference Amounts for Food

From: Health Canada


This document sets out reference amounts for different categories of foods.

Reference amounts:

  • represent the amount of food typically consumed in one sitting
  • are used to determine what is considered to be a single-serving container
  • serve as the basis for determining the serving size to be shown in the nutrition facts table of multiple-serving packages of foods
  • serve as part of the criteria for making nutrient content claims

Also provided are instructions on how to determine the serving size for the nutrition facts table.

This document is incorporated by reference in the Food and Drug Regulations.

Who this document is for

  • food industry
  • other interested stakeholders
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