Food and Drug Regulations were amended on December 14, 2016 to include better nutritional labelling, ingredients listing of the prepackaged food products. These changes were made to support Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy initiative by making the labels more simplified and easier to read at the point of purchase (Figure 1 below). The 5-year transition period ends December 14, 2021, however with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions, timelines have shifted as well additional flexibilities are being provided to support the industry.
Figure 1: Original and New Nutrition Facts Table Format
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If you are a regulated food company, it is important to start immediately if you have yet to meet end-of-year labeling requirements. The experts at MCS associates can support your compliance requirements by reviewing your food nutrition and ingredient labeling, and Nutrition Facts Table testing.