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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.

Nutrition Facts Panel changes [1], [2]

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.

SafeGuardS 11615 Figure 1

 

 

Ingredient changes [3]

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.

SafeGuardS 11615 Figure 2

 

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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