Canadian Regulatory Modernization

  • Safe Food for Canadians Regulations  (CFIA)
  • Food Labelling Modernization Initiative (Phase III) – CFIA
  • Health Canada Regulatory Initiatives

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations  (CFIA)
On January 21, 2017, The Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR) were published in Canada Gazette, Part 1.  There will be a 90 day public comment period, ending on April 21, 2017. CPMA is working directly with industry, government and other key stakeholders to assess the impact of the proposed regulations and provide comments to CFIA to ensure the new regulations meet industry needs and capacity to implement. Industry is strongly encouraged to review the regulations and provide comments during the consultation period.  Please see the following links:
Food Labelling Modernization Initiative (Phase III) CFIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched the Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative in June 2013. A multi-phase consultation approach was adopted, with the first two consultations now complete. The CFIA has analyzed the feedback from these consultations, and developed key proposals for changes that are put forward for the third phase of consultation. (Please see links below)
Health Canada Regulatory Initiatives
In 2014, Health Canada began consultations with Canadian consumers on ways to improve nutrition information on food labels. On December 14th, 2016 Health Canada published the final regulatory amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II which include amendments reflecting industry’s requests. The regulatory amendments will come into force immediately and there will be a transition period of 5 years from the date of this publication to enable compliance. Key changes for the produce industry include:
  • The addition of the following health claim for qualifying fruits and vegetables: "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of heart disease."
  • The exemption from the requirement for a Nutrition Facts Table (NFt) for fresh fruits and vegetables when an allowable health or nutrient content claim is made, however voluntary declaration of a Canadian formatted NFt is still allowed. Current allowable health and nutrient content claims for fresh fruits and vegetables which no longer require a Nutrition Facts Table (NFt) can be found at:
  • When an NFt is presented, there are changes in the required core nutrients, daily values for some nutrients, a % Daily Value (%DV) for sugars, table format changes and a footnote that explains how to use % DV. (See link below)
  • Changes in the format and legibility for the list of ingredients for multiple ingredient products and other resources (See link below)