Food Labelling and Advertising
The food label is one of the most important and direct means of communicating product information between buyers and sellers. It is one of the primary means by which consumers differentiate between individual foods and brands to make informed purchasing choices.
Labelling roles and responsibilities
Health Canada is responsible, under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA), for the establishment of policies and standards relating to the health, safety, and nutritional quality of food sold in Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the administration of food labelling policies related to misrepresentation and fraud in respect to food labelling, packaging and advertising (FDA), and the general agri-food and fish labelling provisions respecting grade, quality and composition specified in the Canada Agricultural Products Act (CAPA), the Meat Inspection Act (MIA) and the Fish Inspection Act (FIA). In addition, the CFIA has responsibility for the administration of the food-related provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA), including basic food label information, net quantity, metrication and bilingual labelling.
The CFIA is responsible for the enforcement of all of the above requirements.
What information is available?
Notice for Upcoming Updates
Based on the results of a 2010 web questionnaire, the CFIA is revising and consolidating its food labelling and advertising web pages to make them more user-friendly and comprehensive.
The topics of the first three consolidated web pages are:
As part of the consolidation process, you will begin to notice that information is being moved from some sections of our website to other locations. Information on new consolidated web pages will continue to be posted on the Updates to Food Labelling and Advertising Information page.
Core Labelling Requirements
- Claims and Statements
- Pictures, Vignettes, Logos
- Labelling of Specific Foods
- Foods Requiring a Label
- Legislative Framework: Key Acts and Regulations
- Reference Documents
- Test Market Foods
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