Canada is proposing some major improvements to the Nutrition Facts Table and List of Ingredients on Food Labels. Change is good and what’s even better is that those in charge want to hear your opinions on their proposals and are inviting you to easily do so.
Canada outlined a schedule in which consumers, parents, etc. would be able to share their ideas on how to improve the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients. This process began back in October 2013 and it’s now finally time for the Canada Gazette Part 1, in which the publication and consultation process begins. But what is that process exactly? Well, Canadians and stakeholders are invited to submit comments and feedback to Health Canada by August 27, 2015. But how can you comment if you don’t yet know their proposals? Read on to find out exactly what the proposals entail.
Canada plans to make some significant changes to the nutrition facts table, list of ingredients, serving size standards, and sugars information. Changes to the nutrition facts table include make serving size and caloric information easier to find, adding a percent daily value amount for sugars, informing consumers on what the percent daily values mean, and adding the amount of potassium. CLICK HERE to review the Nutrition Facts Table proposals in further detail.
The ingredient list will be presented using common terminology with a priority of making allergens, gluten, and sulphites easy to identify. CLICK HERE to view the full details on changes proposed for the ingredient list.
Serving sizes will be adjusted to reflect realistic and easier to identify sizes as opposed to including just the weight/volume measurements. CLICK HERE to view the full details on the proposal for serving sizes.
Lastly, sugars information will get an overhaul by making foods high in sugar easier to identify. They plan to do this by assigning a percent daily value of sugar to the nutrition facts table and by revamping the ingredient list to include more commonly known names for sugar. CLICK HERE for the details on sugar information.
These proposals appear to be following a theme of transparency, clarity, and ease of use. Please check out the proposal in full detail HERE and share your opinions! These changes are for YOU and your opinions, thoughts, and needs should be heard! Axxya Systems encourages you to mail, fax, or email your opinions to the addresses listed below by August 27, 2015. Axxya System NutritionistPro NexGen is continually updated and will continue to meet the demands of the industry and new proposals that are implemented.
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Address locator: 3105A
1600 Scott Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
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