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Health Canada to Update Country's Food Guide

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

Health Canada has initiated a consultation process to revise Canada's Food Guide, which was last updated in 2007 and provides dietary recommendations to help Canadians make food choices. Health Canada announced the revision process following a review of the evidence conducted from 2013 to 2015 that found that while the scientific basis for the 2007 guide is largely consistent with the latest diet and health research, challenges remain in understanding and applying certain aspects of the guidance, and the guide, in its current format, fails to meet the needs of all users. Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott said the updated Food Guide is intended to strengthen dietary recommendations for specific topic areas, such as intakes of saturated fat and sugar. Health Canada also plans to launch initiatives that update nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods and restrict marketing to children.

The consultation is open until December 8, 2016. The Meat Institute will review the proposed revisions and provide additional information in the coming weeks. Health Canada plans to release the new Food Guide by the end of 2018.

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