Labelling Requirements for Infant Foods, Infant Formula and Human Milk
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The information below applies to infant foods other than infant formula. Infant formula is covered in the following section. It is prohibited to sell or advertise for sale an infant food that does not comply with the compositional requirements set out in the Food and Drug Regulations [B.25.002, B.25.003, FDR].
Nutrition Labelling for Infant Foods
There are specific nutrition labelling requirements, including format and required nutrients within the Nutrition Facts table for foods solely for children under two years of age. These are outlined in Foods Intended Solely for Children Under Two Years of Age.
Sodium Restrictions on Infant Foods
Infant foods are subject to maximum sodium levels. It is an offence to sell or advertise for sale an infant food that contains more sodium than that provided for in the Food and Drug Regulations [B.25.002 & B.25.003, FDR].
Voluntary Claims and Statements for Infant Foods
There are specific requirements applicable to foods intended solely for children under two years of age. Refer to Nutrient Content Claims on Foods Intended Solely for Children Under Two Years of Age and Children Under Two Years of Age in Health Claims for more information.
Age Claims on Infant Foods
It is acceptable, on the label of infant foods, to indicate an age group for which the product is suitable. However it is not permitted to represent infant foods as being suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, with the exception of infant formula [B.25.061 of the FDR]. The claim should not be presented in the form of a "recommendation". An acceptable statement would be "Suitable for infants between 6 and 12 months of age".
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