Labelling Requirements for Confectionery, Chocolate and Snack Food Products

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Confectionery products are foods that are generally recognized as sweet treats, including candy such as lollipops, candy canes, mints, candy floss, nut brittles, toffee, jellies, gummies, jujubes, licorice, fudge and caramels, candy bars, chocolate, chocolate-coated or chocolate-containing treats, chocolate compound confections, fruit snack products such as fruit leathers and fruit flavoured pieces, and frozen confections. Snack foods include foods such as nuts, chips, cheesies, and mixed snacks.

At the federal level, confectionery products and snack foods are subject to the requirements under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA). Most confectionery products and snack foods are "unstandardized foods", meaning that no standard for composition is provided for them in the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), with the exception of chocolate products such as chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate for which standards are provided in Part 7, Division 4.

The labelling requirements detailed in the following sections are specific to confectionery and snack food products. They are in addition to the core labelling and other requirements that apply to all prepackaged foods and are summarized in the Industry Labelling Tool.

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