Canada’s Ministry of Health has approved amendments to that country’s food and drug regulations affecting nutrition facts labelling applied to packaged foods and food products.
The revised regulations include the following changes:
- Nutrition facts table — Changes include revising the percentage of daily values for certain nutrients based on updated science, updating the list of nutrients to add potassium and to remove vitamins A and C, and adding a new percentage of daily value for sugars. There are also additional changes to the formatting and presentation of the nutrition facts table to make it easier to read.
- List of ingredients — The list of ingredients will also be subject changes in formatting and presentation of information, as well as listing food colours by their individual common names and grouping sugar-based ingredients in brackets after the name "sugars."
- Serving size — The regulations will modify serving sizes to more closely reflect what consumers actually eat in a single sitting. The labelling changes are different for single serve and multi-serve packages.
- Sugars information — As noted above, sugars are now listed in the nutrition facts table and in the list of ingredients.
The new nutrition labelling requirements become mandatory in 2021, which aligns with the effective date of other proposed food labelling changes in Canada. This will give food producers up to five years to coordinate internal efforts to adopt the required labelling changes.
The changes to Canada’s food nutrition labelling is part of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, a comprehensive program intended to help Canadian consumers make healthy food choices.
Additional information about Canada’s nutrition facts labelling changes is available here.