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Health Canada Announces New Nutrition Labeling Rules

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

Health Canada released its final amendments to Canada's Nutrition Labeling requirements in Canada Gazette Part II . The requirements include changes to the country's Nutrition Facts table, adding a percent Daily Value for sugars, a footnote that explains how to use percent Daily Value, an updated list of nutrients that must be disclosed and a measure to make serving size more consistent on similar food products. Health Canada also revised the list of ingredients to include improved legibility and allergen information; grouping of sugars-based ingredients under the common name "sugars;" and a declaration of food colors by their individual common names. The regulatory amendments provide industry a five-year transition period to comply with the new requirements. In addition, these amendments introduce a new health claim about the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables to reduce heart disease risk. For a comprehensive description of the labeling changes, click here .

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