15/04/2024

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The Importance of Canada’s New Nutrition Labels + Changes to Know

The Importance of Canada’s New Nutrition Labels + Changes to Know

Changes to Canada’s New Nutrition Labels 

Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s new nutrition label updates:  

1) Serving size:

The nutrition facts table serving size will be consistent with similar foods to allow for easier comparison of products. The serving size of the food item will also reflect the amount consumed by a typical Canadian in one sitting.   

2) Bolded lettering:

The serving size and calories of the food item will be in a larger font to make them more visible and easier to point out. As well as the calories will be underlined with a bold line.  

3) Percent daily value:

These numbers you see on the labels have been revised by new science to reflect a typical Canadian intake.

 

4) Percent daily value for sugars:

This is a new feature to help consumers compare sugar content across products and to help identify food items that contain sugar, which should be limited if contain more than 15% of the daily value.  

5) List of nutrients:

This list has been updated to include potassium as this was a nutrient identified as not being met by most Canadians. Where Vitamin A and C are removed from the list as most Canadians get enough of these nutrients. The amounts of potassium, calcium, and iron will be listed in milligrams (mg), not just percentages.   

6) Footnote:

There has been a footnote added to the bottom of the nutrition facts table to help consumers understand the number of nutrients in their food. It shows what a little (less than 5%) and a lot (greater than 15%). 

7) Sugar-based ingredients:

These types of ingredients will be grouped together to help consumers identify all sources of sugar added to their foods. Sugar-based ingredients will be placed in brackets after the word ‘sugar’.  

8) Food colours:

These ingredients will be listed by the individual common names. This will help for clarity and allow for easy comparison of products. 

9) Formatting of the ingredient list:

New formatting regulations will help with the visibility and readability of the label. Text will be in black font on a white or neutral background. There will be a minimum type height, commas or bullets will separate ingredients, and upper- or lower-case letters will be used for listed ingredients. The same regulations will apply for any ‘may contain’ statements, noting the presence or potential presence of food allergens, gluten sources, or added sulphites in food products.   

10) Overall serving sizes:

These are intended to reflect the amount that Canadians eat in one sitting and are based on regulated reference amounts. These changes are different for single-serve or multi-serve packaging.   

11) Single-serve:

If the package contains up to 200% of the reference amount for that food the serving size will be the amount of the whole container.  

12) Multi-serve:

The serving size will reflect an amount as close as possible to the food’s reference amount.

13) Measuring amounts:

Foods that are measured in grams and milliliters will also show their imperial equivalents in cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. 

14) Foods that come in pieces

For example, crackers. The serving size for these foods will be shown as the number of pieces or as a fraction of the food with the weight in grams indicated.  

15) Front-of-package labeling:

Products that are high in sodium, sugar and saturated fats now require mandatory front of package labeling to help consumers easily identify these food products and to make healthier choices.