After two years of public consultations, Health Canada has finalized the changes to the Nutrition Facts table and ingredients list on packaged foods. On December 14th, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health announced that these changes are all part of the strategy to help make healthy food choices the easy choice for all Canadians.
Here’s a quick at-a-glance comparison of the old versus the new Nutrition Facts table as well as Ingredients lists.
The new Nutrition Facts table places a greater emphasis on calories, potassium, calcium and iron. For the first time ever, total sugars will have a % Daily Value (%DV) set at 100 grams:
All food colours will now be listed by their name rather than collectively listed as “colours”:
Different types of sugars will still be individually identified, and will now also be grouped together as “Sugars”:
The food industry has 5 years (until 2021) to make these changes, but you may start seeing new labels as early as next year.
Contact us at: Info@NutritionForNonNutritionists.com for more information about these label changes and to discuss how the proposed regulatory changes to front-of-package labelling will impact your business.