Health Canada (HC) has proposed to make several substantial amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR).  Many of these proposals are in line with HC's commitment to focus on developing a "Healthy Eating Strategy" for Canadians.

 
HC's objectives for the proposals include:
 
1. Help reduce risks to health by providing consumers with quick and easy-to-use front-of-packaging (FOP) information on foods high in sodium, sugars and/or saturated fat to help reduce consumption of these nutrients.  
  • HC is looking to amend the FDR so that labelling on the FOP will be mandatory to better help consumers identify foods high in sodium, high in sugars and high in saturated fat with the use of symbols and prescriptive marking rules.
2. Enable efficient and timely updates to nutrient content claims in the future.
  • HC will be looking to repeal the current Table of Permitted Nutrient Content Statements and Claims as it currently appears following FDR B.01.513 and instead, incorporating by reference into the FDR so that changes would be more easily made to these sections of the regulations.  
3. Increase vitamin D in the food supply to help promote adequate bone health among Canadians without creating the risk of excessive intakes.
  • HC would like to see levels of vit D fortification increased in cow's milk, goats milk and margarine.

4. Ensure that certain definitions, food standards and other regulatory provisions within the FDR are consistent with the prohibitions on the sale of foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

5. Remove unnecessary labelling requirements for foods containing the high-intensity sweeteners aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-potassium and neotame, while also improving the legibility of the mandatory phenylalanine statement for foods containing aspartame.

  • HC would like to see the FDR regulations pertaining to mandatory labelling of sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, ace-K and neotame, outside of the ingredient list.  HC would also like to retain the declaration that foods with aspartame contain phenylalanine. 

Industry and stakeholders have been invited to take part in an "online Food Front-of-Package Nutrition Symbol Consultation".  Click here to view Health Canada's webpage and to participate in this stage of the "Consultation on proposed front-of-package labelling".

Interested parties may link to the HTML version of the Canada Gazette Part 1, Vol. 152, No. 6 to view the proposed wording of the regulations and accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement by clicking here.
Comment deadline: April 26, 2018.

 

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