CPMA works closely with Health Canada to provide nutrition information for use in fresh fruit and vegetable labelling in the Canadian marketplace. With Health Canada’s assistance, we developed Nutrition Facts: Most Commonly Consumed Fruits and Vegetables in Canada documents (link below) which include eligible nutrient content claims, as well as nutrition facts data and serving sizes for each commodity listed.
On December 14th, 2016 Health Canada published final regulatory amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) in Canada Gazette, Part II, which came into force immediately. There is a five (5) year transition period to meet the new labelling requirements, during which they must comply with either all the former or the all new requirements. The amendments include changes in: Nutrition Facts table (NFt) formats and core nutrients, required serving sizes, daily values for some nutrients, use of a new health claim about vegetables and fruit and heart disease for qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables and an exemption from nutritional labelling for fresh fruits and vegetables, without added ingredients, even when health or nutrient content claims are made, however voluntary declaration of a Canadian formatted NFt is still allowed. For more information on the regulatory amendments, please click here.
The nutrient values to use in the new format NFt, are undergoing revisions to reflect recent and emerging regulatory changes and will be posted once the revisions are complete. Members will be notified when the updates are available.
To continue using the former NFt format, click here for allowable claims and nutrient values to use in those tables. (Please remember that a full transition to the new NFt must be made by December 14, 2021.)
CPMA would like to thank Health Canada and their staff from the Food Directorate’s Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division and the Nutrition Research Division for their valued support, direction and assistance with this project.
- The nutrition data provided in this Nutrition Facts for the Most Commonly Consumed Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Canada, has been adapted frm USFDA and other reliable data for voluntary use in a Canadian Nutrition Facts Table or to provide nutrition information at retail. The serving sizes, calculations and allowable nutrient content claims have been determined under the direction of Health Canada.
- CPMA makes every effort to ensure that reliable information is provided but cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions no matter how caused.
- A label owner is responsible for the accuracy of their label values, therefore, it is important that all pertinent acts and regulations be consulted prior to developing package and nutrition labelling for the Canadian marketplace.
- CPMA shall not be liable for any damages, loss, expense or claim of loss arising from the use, or reliance on the information.