Canada Proposes New Nutrition Facts Panel and Ingredient Listing
SAFEGUARDS | Food NO. 116/15
On 13 June 2015 the Government of Canada announced a new nutrition labelling format. Additionally, a sugar daily value has been established, potassium will be required to be listed, vitamin A and vitamin C will no longer be required, and a quick rule will be required at the end of the panel. Consultation period ends 27 August 2015.
The Canadian government is proposing a number of changes:
- Increase the type size of the serving size and calories
- Add a thick underline under calories
- Change the order of the nutrients so those nutrients that provide calories are listed following calories
- Add a daily value (DV) for sugars based on 100g
- Make potassium a required nutrient to be listed
- Remove the requirement for vitamin A and vitamin C to be listed.
- List sodium next to potassium
- List the amounts for potassium, calcium and iron
- Include (at the end of the nutrition facts panel) a DV quick rule explaining what’s a little and what’s a lot
- Make it easier to compare one item against another by altering serving sizes listed (e.g. since bread is typically consumed as 2 slices, all breads would be reported as 2 slices.
Ingredient changes 
Ingredients will have to be listed on a white or neutral background utilizing black font with upper and lower case lettering. The ingredients would be enclosed in a hairline box. Each ingredient or ingredient grouping would be separated by a bullet. Sugars-based ingredients would be grouped. Food colors would be listed by name. Allergen statements or allergen precautionary statements would be included in the same ingredient hairline box.
A fruit and vegetable health claim, such as “a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of heart diseases”, would be allowed on pre-packaged fruits and vegetables.
The Canadian government is proposing a 5 year grace period before the new rules come into force to allow the industry enough time to make the necessary adjustments to their labels.
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