2016 Food and Drug Regulations Amendments
On December 14th, 2016 Health Canada published final regulatory amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) in Canada Gazette, Part II, which include amendments reflecting industry’s requests. The regulations came into force immediately and there will be a transition period of 5 years from the date of the publication to enable compliance. By December 14, 2021, all regulations in the amendments will be required, including the use of the new Nutrition Facts Table format, when one is presented.
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
- An exemption from nutrition 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.
Read more information on the regulatory amendments
Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have advised they will provide enforcement flexibility to support industry in meeting the labelling requirements described in the FDR amendments. CFIA will focus its efforts on education and compliance promotion for the first year (until December 14, 2022). After December 14, 2022, the CFIA will verify compliance and apply enforcement discretion in cases of non-compliance where regulated parties have a detailed plan that shows how they intend to meet the new requirements at the earliest possible time, and no later than December 14, 2023.
Read more about the government’s implementation plan for the transition period.
Canadian Nutrition Facts for Fruits and Vegetables
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. This resource includes eligible nutrient content claims, nutrition facts data, and serving sizes for each commodity listed.
New Nutrition Facts Table
The new Nutrition Facts: Most Commonly Consumed Fruits and Vegetables in Canada document can be used in NFt table formats prescribed by the above 2016 regulatory amendments to the FDR.
- The nutrition data provided in the Canadian Nutrition Facts for the Most Commonly Consumed Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Canada, has been adapted from 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.
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.