On the 14th of December 2016, the CFIA announced changes for the Nutrition Facts label for packaged food products.
Let’s take a look at some explanations of the upcoming changes.
Update on the Nutrition Facts Table Information
The following is some of the information that needs to be updated on the Table.
- The ‘Added Sugars’ should be included on the food label in terms of both grams and percent Daily Value.
- It is important to mention ‘Total Fat’, ‘Saturated Fat’ and ‘Trans Fat’. The ‘Calories from Fat’ can be removed from the label. The type of fat is more important than the volume off at.
- The nutrients list should mention Vitamin D and potassium along with calcium and iron. Vitamins A and C can be included at the manufacturer’s discretion.
- The daily values for sodium, Vitamin D, and dietary fiber needs to be updated. This update is based on the latest scientific evidence from the Institute of Medicine and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report.
Changes in the Design
- An increase in the type size for ‘calories’, ‘servings per container’, and ‘serving size.’ The number should be in bold for the number of calories and the ‘serving size’ declaration in order to highlight the information.
- The footnote needs to be changed in order to explain what percent Daily Value means. For this purpose, it will read as “The % Daily Value informs consumers how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”
The Serving Sizes and Labeling Requirements
- The serving sizes on packaged food must be in accordance with the amounts of food and beverages that people will actually eat. The requirements that were published in 1993 are null and void.
- On package sizes that are between one and two servings, like a 20-ounce soda or a 15 ounce can of soup, the calories, and the nutrients must be labeled as one serving.
- Products that are larger than a single serving and can be consumed in one or more sittings should have dual column labels. This is to indicate the number of calories and nutrients in both a ‘per serving’ and ‘per package or per unit’ basis.
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