Nutrition Facts Table Formats
Steps for Choosing a Nutrition Facts Table

Step 1: Measure the Available Display Surface (ADS) of Your Package

The Nutrition Facts Table is not required to occupy more than 15% of the available display surface of a package, except in the case of smaller packages.

For information on calculating the ADS of the package, see the Available Display Surface section. When calculating the space occupied by the Nutrition Facts table, remember the following three principles:

  • The area occupied by the Nutrition Facts table is based on mandatory information only, that is, the core nutrients and triggered additional information.
  • When calculating the area occupied by the table, do not consider the space occupied by voluntarily disclosed additional information.
  • However, do consider the area of both the English and the French tables when separate unilingual tables are used.

Certain rules may apply with respect to formats for specific packaging cases:

Step 2: Choose a Nutrition Facts Table Format Family

Sections B.01.454 to B.01.459 of the FDR set out "families" of formats. Each family provides format options for presenting nutrition information in a specific manner, as mentioned above. For example, the Standard/Horizontal/Linear family provides format options for presenting nutrition information for a single serving of food as sold, while the "Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation" family provides options for presenting nutrition information for the food as sold and as prepared.

The table below, Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use?, is a tool for selecting the appropriate format family for a prepackaged product. Once the appropriate family is determined, the Decision Tree diagrams provide guidance on the specific template that should be chosen.

There are similar families of formats for prepackaged foods for children under two years of age with specific exceptions.

Table: Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use?
FormatMay Be Used For:Must Be Used For:Example(s)
Standard/ Horizontal/ Linear Formats [B.01.454, FDR]
  • most foods
  • an assortment of food, serving consisting of more than one food e.g., box of chocolates, tray of mixed nuts); declared as a single composite value [B.01.406(4), FDR]
  • prepackaged product containing assortment of similar foods, where 1) serving consists of only one of the foods, and 2) information for serving size, energy and core nutrients is the same for all individual items [B.01.406(3)(b), FDR].
  • multi-pack of frozen popsicles
  • prepackaged loaf of white bread
  • carton of milk
  • tray of mixed nuts
  • box of assorted chocolates
Simplified Formats [B.01.455, FDR]
  • foods whose nutrient value is "0", as reported in the NFT, for seven or more of the Calories and core nutrients
N/A (always optional)
  • some jams/jellies
  • fruit flavoured drinks
  • drink mix powders
  • diet soft drinks
Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation [B.01.456, FDR]
  • foods requiring preparation prior to consumption or foods that are customarily served combined with other foods
N/A (always optional)
  • dry noodle and spice mix to be added to ground meat
  • chocolate drink mix to be added to milk
  • raw meat to be cooked
  • dry breakfast cereal to be served with milk
  • powder brownie mix
Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Food [B.01.457, FDR]
  • prepackaged products containing assortment of foods of the same type, when a typical serving consists of more than one food; declared as separate values for each food [B.01.406(4), FDR]
  • package containing separately packaged ingredients or foods that are intended to be eaten together
  • prepackaged product containing assortment of foods of the same type, when 1) serving consists of only one of the foods, and 2) information for serving size, energy and core nutrients is different for all individual items [B.01.406(3)(a), FDR]
  • box of assorted chocolates
  • tray of mixed nuts
  • cheese and cracker snack kit
  • multi-pack of granola bars
Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food [B.01.458, FDR]
  • cases where it is suitable to provide nutrition information for a food in more than one amount of serving size. For instance, foods may have different uses or different units of measurement
N/A (always optional)
  • applesauce (may be used as both a condiment and as a dessert: 1 tablespoon (15 ml), ½ cup (125 ml)
  • one and two slices of bread
Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food [B.01.459, FDR]
  • cases where it is suitable to provide nutrition information for a food in more than one amount, to reflect different uses or different units of measure of a food
N/A (always optional)
  • evaporated milk may be used in small quantities to whiten coffee or may be reconstituted and used as a beverage (e.g. 1 tablespoon (15 ml), ½ cup (125 ml)

Step 3: Choose the Appropriate Nutrition Facts Table using Decision Trees

Guide to Using Decision Trees

The Decision Trees for each family of formats provide a stepwise strategy to determine an appropriate format and version (size) of the Nutrition Facts table. In each Decision Tree:

  • the 1st level options provide the most desirable alternatives – the largest and most readable formats;
  • the 2nd and 3rd level options provide decreasingly favourable options with respect to readability and size.

The manufacturer must start at the top of the tree and work their way down.

All selections in the 1st level options must be exhausted before 2nd level options may be considered. Likewise, all 2nd level options must be exhausted before proceeding to any 3rd level options.

At the 1st level, the manufacturer is provided with the choice of different options, such as separate French and English tables* (including a narrow variation in the case of the Standard Format) or a single bilingual table. For each format variation a number of different sizes are provided.

For example, the Decision Tree for Standard/Horizontal/ Linear Formats begins by laying out the following 1st level options:

1stLevel Options

Standard

This is an example of a Standard Nutrition Facts table displaying the core mandatory information. Description follows.
Description - Figures 1.1 – 1.6

Going down the NFT vertically from top to bottom, the contents are as follows:

  • English title: Nutrition Facts
  • Serving Size: per 125 ml (87 g)
  • Left side title 'Amount' and right side title '% Daily Value'
  • 'Calories 80' on left side
  • 'Fat 0.5 g' on left side and '1%' on right side
  • 'Saturated 0 g' on left side, '+ trans 0g' underneath, '0% on right side'
  • 'Cholesterol 0 mg' on left side
  • 'Sodium 0 mg' on left side, '0%' on right side
  • 'Carbohydrates 18g' on left side, '6%' on right side
  • 'Fibre 2 g' on left side, '6%' on right side
  • 'Sugars 2 g' on left side
  • 'Protein 3 g' on left side
  • 'Vitamin A 2%' on left side and 'Vitamin C 10%' on right side
  • 'Calcium 0%' on left side and 'Iron 2%' on right side

or

Narrow Standard

This is an example of a Narrow Standard Nutrition Facts Table.
Figures 2.1 – 2.4

or

Bilingual Standard

This is an example of a Nutrition Facts table displaying the core mandatory information. Description follows.
Description - Figures 3.1 – 3.4

General information for the content within the NFT:

  • a normal width font is to be used along with an 8 point type except as indicated
  • Thin rule lines (0.5 point) centred between text separate each row unless otherwise indicated.

Going down the NFT vertically from top to bottom, the contents are as follows:

  • English title: Nutrition Facts, 13 point bold type
  • French title: Valeur nutritive, 13 point bold type
  • Serving Size: per 125 ml (87 g) / par 125 mL (87 g)
  • Left side title 'Amount' (with 'teneur' underneath) and right side title '% Daily Value' (with '% valeur quotidienne' underneath) – 6 point bold type
  • 1 point rule (horizontal line)
  • 'Calories / Calories 80’ on left side
  • 'Fat / Lipides 0.5 g’ on left side and '1%' on right side
  • 'Saturated / Saturés 0 g' on left side, '+ trans 0g' underneath, '0% on right side' – 6 point indent
  • 'Cholesterol / Cholesterol 0 mg' on left side
  • 'Sodium / Sodium 0 mg' on left side, '0%' on right side
  • 'Carbohydrates / Glucides 18g' on left side, '6%' on right side
  • 'Fibre / Fibres 2 g' on left side, '6%' on right side – 6 point indent
  • 'Sugars / Sucres 2 g' on left side
  • 'Protein / Protéines 3 g' on left side
  • 2 point rule (horizontal line)
  • 'Vitamin A / Vitamine A' on left side, '2%' on right side
  • 'Vitamin C / Vitamine C' on left side, '10%' on right side
  • 'Calcium / Calcium' on left side, '0%' on right side
  • 'Iron / Fer on left side, '2%' on right side

Once the format variation has been chosen, the largest version of that format must be used unless:

  • it requires more than 15% of the Available Display Surface (ADS) the space available on the package to carry labelling information, or
  • it does not fit on one continuous surface of the package.

If this is the case, then the next version should be used unless it also requires more than 15% of the ADS or does not fit on one continuous surface, and so on.

The largest version of the chosen format must be selected that meets these criteria.

For example, if the manufacturer chose the Standard Format (Format 1), they must choose the largest Nutrition Facts table variation that fits (Figure 1.1 is the largest variation; Figure 1.6 is the smallest.)

However, if none of the size variations (Figure 1.1 - 1.6) will work on the package, then the manufacturer must examine other 1st level options: the Narrow Standard Format (Format 2) and the Bilingual Standard (Format 3). The manufacturer cannot proceed to the next level in the Decision Tree until all 1st level options have been exhausted.

At the lowest level (where packages and Nutrition Facts tables are small), any format variation and any version in the family may be chosen provided that it fits on one continuous surface and that the characters printed in the table do not touch each other or the lines (rules).

Notes of Explanation:

This stepwise approach to choosing a Nutrition Facts table ensures that two basic premises are fulfilled.

  1. Certain formats are more desirable than others because they are more legible. They must always be given first consideration. For example, variations of the Standard Format (Standard, Narrow Standard, Bilingual Standard) must always be considered before the Bilingual Horizontal Format.
  2. The largest version of a designated format that will fit within 15% of the ADS and on one continuous surface of the package must be chosen before proceeding to a smaller version and all options in one level must be exhausted before proceeding to the next level.

Standard, Horizontal and Linear Formats [B.01.454, FDR]

Purpose: The Standard, Horizontal and Linear formats present nutrition information for one serving of food as sold.

The table Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use? provides guidance on when this format is appropriate for use.

Products that can provide nutrition information for one serving of food as sold include bread, milk, orange juice, cookies and chocolate bars.
These products usually provide nutrition information for one serving of food as sold, using a Standard, Horizontal or Linear format.

Standard, Horizontal, Linear
Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

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Decision tree on how to decide which NFT format to use – Standard, Horizontal or Linear. Description follows.

Description - Standard, Horizontal, Linear - Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

Level 1: steps for choosing between the standard formats

  1. Manufacturer may choose format 1, 2 or 3. Standard (figure 1.1–1.6), narrow standard (figure 2.1–2.4) or bilingual standard (figure 3.1–3.4).
  2. Within desired format, choose largest version that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface.
  3. All 1st level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 2: steps for choosing between the horizontal formats

  1. Choose the largest version of format (figure 4.1–4.2) that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface of the package.
  2. All 2nd level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 3: steps for choosing between the linear formats

  1. May choose any format, any version: bilingual standard (figure 3.5-3.7), bilingual horizontal (figure 4.3-4.5), linear (figure 16.1-16.2) or alternative methods of presentations such as tag package insert, inner label, fold-out label, overwrap or collars.

    For package inserts and inner labels, the outer label must indicate where to find the NFT."

The three levels of the Standard, Horizontal, Linear Hierarchy of Formats/Decision tree

Major Distinguishing Features of the Standard, Horizontal and Linear Formats

Standard Formats

Nutrition Facts Table – standard format - distinguishing features. Description follows.
Description - Standard Format
  • Vertical display of nutrition information.
  • Unilingual French and English formats, narrow format and bilingual format.
  • 1 serving size declaration for the food as sold, expressed in a consumer friendly measure (1st) and in metric units (2nd, in brackets).
  • Complete nutrition information (absolute values (g, mg) and % DV) for 1 serving of food as sold.
  • Core information is declared (Calories and 13 nutrients)
  • Additional information is optional

Bilingual Horizontal

Nutrition Facts Table - Bilingual horizontal format - distinguishing features. Description follows.
Description - Bilingual Horizontal
  • Horizontal display of nutrition information.
  • Bilingual format only, no unilingual tables.
  • Displays the same information as the Standard Formats.
  • Use of the Horizontal Bilingual format is limited, and may only be used when:
    • there is no continuous panel on the label that would accommodate any NFT listed among the 1st level options (Standard 1.1 - 1.6, Narrow Standard 2.1 - 2.4, or Bilingual Standard 3.1 - 3.4), and/or
    • manipulating the container to read a 1st level option printed sideways on the side panel or bottom of the package would result in leakage or damage to the product.

Open-window pie box with correct use of bilingual horizontal NFT on the side panel.
This open-window pie box is a candidate for the Bilingual Horizontal Format, as placing a Standard Format on the side or bottom of the package would result in the product being damaged when the consumer turned the package over or sideways to view the NFT.

A frozen diner box illustrating incorrect use of the Bilingual Horizontal Format NFT on the side panel.
This product illustrates incorrect use of the Bilingual Horizontal Format. This box will accommodate a 1st level option, i.e., Standard, Narrow Standard or Bilingual Standard formats.

Linear Format

Nutrition Facts Table - Linear format.

  • Linear display of information (no columns of information).
  • Unilingual formats only.
  • Displays the same information as the Standard formats.
  • Limited use, generally small packages and packages with very small areas of continuous available display surface. However, it may also be used when the package configuration prevents the use of larger NFTs as only small areas of continuous space exist.

A narrow, long, rectangular package where only level 3 formats (from the Decision tree for Standard, Horizontal or Linear formats) will fit.

While the total ADS of this package is significant, because of the configuration, only level 3 formats will fit, e.g., linear, alternate methods of presentation.

Simplified Formats [B.01.455, FDR]

Purpose: The simplified formats are designed for foods that contain a limited number of nutrients. These formats provide nutrient information for 1 serving of food as sold. However, they do not declare all 13 nutrients in the core list and, consequently, are smaller than standard format NFTs.

The table Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use? provides guidance on when this format is appropriate for use.

jam, fruit flavoured drink and drink mix powder
Some jams, jellies, fruit flavoured drinks, drink mix powders, and diet soft drinks meet the criteria for the simplified format.

Simplified Formats
Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

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Decision tree on how to decide which NFT format to use – Simplified. Description Follows.

Description - Major Distinguishing Features of the Simplified Formats

Level 1: Steps for choosing between the standard formats

  1. Manufacturers may choose format 5 or 6. Simplified standard (figure 5.1-5.6) or bilingual simplified standard (figure 6.1-6.4).
  2. Within desired format, choose the largest version that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface.
  3. All first level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 2: Steps for choosing between the horizontal formats

  1. Choose largest version of format (figure 7.1-7.2) that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface of the package.
  2. All 2nd level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 3: Steps for choosing between the linear formats

  1. May choose any format, any version: bilingual simplified standard (figure 6.5-6.6), bilingual simplified horizontal (figure 7.3-7.4), simplified linear (figure 17.1-17.2) or alternative methods of presentation such as tags, package inserts, inner labels, fold-out labels, overwraps or collars.

For package inserts and inner labels, the outer label must indicate where to find the NFT.

What nutrients must be declared in the Simplified Formats? [B.01.401(6), FDR]

  • Calories;
  • fat;
    • both saturated and trans fat must be declared if the value of either one is not 0.
  • carbohydrate;
  • protein;
  • any other nutrient in the core list that cannot be expressed as "0";
  • any nutrient that is the subject of a statement, claim or representation;
  • any sugar alcohol, vitamin or mineral added to the product (other than iodine added to salt or fluoride to water or ice);
  • any vitamin or mineral nutrient declared as a component of the product's ingredients other than flour; and
  • a footnote: "Not a significant source of (naming the excluded core nutrients)" or for NFTs in the 3rd Level of Options in the Decision Tree, "Not a significant source of other nutrients".

Note: values that are "0" and are not required to be declared may be voluntarily declared in the NFT. For example, if the value for sodium in a food that qualifies for the simplified format is 0 mg, it may still be included.

Simplified Standard Formats

Nutrition Facts table - simplified standard format. Description follows.
Description - Simplified Standard Format
  • Vertical display of nutrition information.
  • Unilingual French and English formats and bilingual format.
  • 1 serving size declaration for the food as sold, expressed in a consumer friendly measure (1st) and in metric units (2nd, in brackets).
  • Nutrition information presented for 1 serving of food as sold
  • Not all core information is required to be declared. Only Calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein and triggered core and additional information must be declared.
  • Footnote: "Not a significant source of (naming the core nutrients not declared)" or "Not a significant source of other nutrients." The second, abbreviated footnote may be used on smaller versions of the Bilingual Simplified Standard Format (figures 6.5 - 6.6).
  • Additional information is optional.

Bilingual Simplified Horizontal

Nutrition Facts table - bilingual simplified horizontal format. Description follows.
Description - Bilingual Simplified Horizontal Format
  • Horizontal display of nutrition information.
  • Bilingual format only, no unilingual tables
  • Displays the same information as the Simplified Standard formats.
  • Smaller versions of the Bilingual Simplified Horizontal format, figures 7.3 - 7.4, may declare the abbreviated footnote: "Not a significant source of other nutrients."
  • The 2nd level options, Bilingual Simplified Horizontal Format Figures 7.1 and 7.2, may only be used when:
    • there is no continuous panel on the label that would accommodate any NFT listed among the 1st level options (Simplified Standard 5.1 - 5.6, or Bilingual Simplified Standard 6.1 - 6.4), and/or
    • manipulating the container to read a 1st level option printed sidewards on the side panel or bottom would result in leakage or damage to the product.

Simplified Linear Format

Nutrition Facts table - simplified linear format. Description follows.
Description - Simplified Linear Format
  • Linear Display of information. (No columns of information.)
  • Unilingual formats only.
  • Displays the same information as the Simplified Standard formats.
  • Linear formats may declare the abbreviated footnote: "Not a significant source of other nutrients."

Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation [B.01.456, FDR]

Purpose: The Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation provides nutrition information for both the food as sold and for the food as it is usually consumed.

The table Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use? provides guidance on when this format is appropriate for use.

This box of cereal is an example of a food requiring preparation.
A box of cereal may use the Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation to provide nutrition information for the cereal as sold, as well as for the cereal as consumed with milk.

This powder brownie mix package is an example of a food requiring preparation. Description follows.
A powder based mix may use the Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation to provide nutrition information for the food as sold (i.e., powder mix) and for the food as prepared.

Note: In cases where the nutrition information for the food is not altered by the preparation – where the nutrition information is the same for the food as sold and for the food as prepared – a Standard, Bilingual Horizontal, Linear or Simplified formats may be used. Note that in these cases, the serving size declaration is modified to include a declaration for the food as sold. Examples include frozen concentrated juice or drink crystals to be prepared with added water, some popping corn, etc.

Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation
Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

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Decision tree on how to decide which NFT format to use – Dual format – Foods Requiring Preparation

Description - Dual Format - Food Requiring Preparation - Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

Level 1: Steps for choosing between the dual formats

  1. Manufacturer may choose format 8 or 9. Dual format (figure 8.1-8.6) or bilingual dual format(figure 9.1-9.4).
  2. Within desired format, choose largest version of format that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface of the package.
  3. All 1st level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 2: Steps for choosing a format when level 1 options are exhausted

  1. May choose either version of bilingual dual format (figure 9.5-9.6).
  2. If no version fits, return to hierarchy of format for standard/horizontal/linear formats

Major Distinguishing Features of the Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation

The format of the Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation is modified slightly depending on whether the food is a prepared food (e.g., cake mix) or a combined food (e.g., cereal and milk). Examples of both variations are provided.

Prepared Food e.g., cake mix

nutrition facts table - dual format - foods requiring preparation. Description follows.
Description - Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation

Nutrition facts table

  • Vertical display of nutrition information.
  • Unilingual French and English formats and bilingual format.

Serving Size and Sub-headings

  • There are two serving size declarations: for the food as sold, and for the prepared food.
  • Food as sold is declared in a consumer friendly measure (1st) and in a metric unit (2nd, in brackets).
  • Food as prepared is declared in a consumer friendly measure, with the statement "about (naming the serving size)" or "about (naming the serving size) prepared".
  • Sub-headings (next line of information) – "Amount", "(description of product as sold)", "("Prepared" or a description of the food as prepared)"

Nutrient Declarations

Food as sold:

  • Complete nutrition information, absolute values (g, mg) and % DV,
  • Core information is declared (Calories and 13 nutrients), and
  • Additional nutrients may be declared.

Prepared or combined food:

  • Calories,
  • Calories from fat (if declared for the food as sold),
  • % DV for any nutrient that is declared as a % DV for the food as sold, and
  • Absolute values are not declared for the prepared or combined food.

Footnotes

  • A mandatory footnote links the absolute values (g, mg) declared in the NFT to the product as sold, e.g., "*Amount in dry mix". See the asterisk attached to the "fat" declaration.
  • A voluntary footnote presents the amount of nutrients provided by the added ingredients in absolute values (g, mg). Note that these values represent the nutrient content of the added foods only, not the total nutrient value of the prepared product. For example, in the case of a cake mix, this footnote sets out the nutrient value of the added eggs and milk, not the nutrient value of the final prepared cake.

Note: Variations in headings are possible as per format specifications in the FDR. This format can also be used for products "as cooked" that do not have any ingredients added e.g. bacon "as sold" and "as cooked") or for products "as drained" (e.g. sardines in oil "as sold" and "as drained"). As there are no ingredients added in these cases, the optional footnote stated above which presents the amount of nutrients provided by added ingredients does not apply. The serving size for the "as prepared" section includes the consumer friendly measure only, not the metric measure.

Combined Food, e.g., cereal and milk

nutrition facts table – dual format – combined food. Description follows.
Description - Dual Format – Combined Food

Nutrition facts table

Serving Size

  • There is one serving size for the food as sold, declared in a consumer friendly measure (1st) and in a metric unit (2nd, in brackets).
  • The combined food is declared as a heading of a column of information, in a consumer friendly measure only, e.g., "With ½ cup skim milk". (Note – It is not part of the serving size declaration.)

Nutrients and Footnotes

Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods [B.01.457, FDR]

Purpose: The Aggregate format provides nutrition information for two or more foods or ingredients in a prepackaged product.

The table Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use? provides guidance on when this format is appropriate for use.

This multi-pack contains three different kinds of granola bars each having a different nutrient profile.
The Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods is suitable for this multi-pack of granola bars. Each bar is a single serving and has a unique nutrient profile.

Individual cheese and cracker snack kits
This snack ensemble may use the Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods to present the nutrition information for the individual foods. Use of the Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods is optional.

Boxes of assorted chocolates
The Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods may be used to provide nutrition information for each type of chocolate. Use of the Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods is optional.

This format may also be used for multi-use packages (e.g. a container that is used to package a variety of dips, where the same NFT and package would be used each time) provided it is clear which nutrition information applies to which product.

Multi-pack of frozen flavoured ices with the same nutrient profiles
The Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods may not be used for this multi-pack of frozen ices, where each frozen ice is one serving of food and the nutrient information for all the frozen ices is the same.

Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Food
Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

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Decision tree on how to decide which NFT format to use – Aggregate format – Different Kinds of Food. Description follows.

Description - Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Food - Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

Level 1: Steps for choosing between the aggregate formats

  1. Manufacturer may choose format 10 or 11. Aggregate format (figure 10.0-10.6) or bilingual aggregate format (figure 11.1-11.4).
  2. Within desired format, choose largest version of format that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface of the package.
  3. All 1st level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 2: Steps for choosing a format when level 1 options are exhausted

May choose any version: bilingual aggregate format (figure 11.5-11.6) or alternative methods of presentation

Aggregate Format

Major Features of the Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods

Nutrition Facts table - aggregate format – different kinds of foods. Description follows.

This NFT presents the nutrition information of the individual foods present in the package, that is, 4 crackers (28 g) and 1 piece of cheese (30 g).

Description - Major Features of the Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods

Nutrition facts table

  • Vertical presentation of information.
  • Unilingual French and English formats and bilingual format.
  • Presentation of nutrition information for more than 1 food.
  • The serving sizes are expressed as consumer friendly measures (1st) and in metric units (2nd in brackets; same units as net quantity declaration). Notice how the serving sizes are set out in the two examples.
  • Complete nutrient information is given for 2 or more foods (absolute values (g, mg) and % DV).
  • Core information is declared (Calories and 13 nutrients).
  • Additional information may be declared.
  • All nutrition information provided for the first food must also be provided for all food(s) in the same units.

Simplified Aggregate Format

Prepackaged foods that meet the criteria for both the Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods (prepackaged foods containing an assortment of foods or separately packaged ingredients) and the Simplified Format (foods that may declare "0" for 7 or more of Calories and nutrients), may use a Simplified Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods.

Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food [B.01.458, FDR]

Purpose: These formats may be used whenever it is suitable to provide nutrition information for a food in more than one amount or serving size. For instance, foods may have different uses or different units of measurement.

The table Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use? provides guidance on when this format is appropriate for use.

Dual Format - different amounts of food may be used to provide information for 1 slice of bread. Dual Format - different amounts of food may be used to provide information for two slices of bread
Dual Format - different amounts of food may be used to provide information for 1 tablespoon of applesauce Dual Format - different amounts of food may be used to provide information for 1/2 cup of applesauce

The Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food may be used to provide information for 1 and 2 slices of bread or for 1 tablespoon and ½ cup of applesauce.

Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food
Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

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Decision tree on how to decide which NFT format to use – Dual format – Different Amounts of Food. Description follows.

Description - Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food - Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

Level 1: Steps for choosing between the dual formats

  1. Manufacturer may choose format 12 or 13. Dual format (figure 12.1-12.6) or bilingual dual format (figure 13.1-13.4).
  2. Within desired format, choose largest version of format that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface of the package.
  3. All 1st level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 2: Steps for choosing a format when level 1 options are exhausted

  1. May choose either version of bilingual dual format (figure 13.5-13.6).
  2. If no version fits, return to hierarchy of format for standard/horizontal/linear formats.

Dual Format

The amount heading has two vertical columns for nutrients, one titled 1 tbsp. and one titled 1/2 cup. Description follows.
Description - Dual Format - Different Amounts of Food

Major Features of the Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food

  • Vertical display of nutrition information.
  • Unilingual French and English formats and bilingual format.

Serving Size and Headings

  • There is 1 serving size declaration for the primary serving of food, declared as a consumer friendly measure (1st) and in a metric unit (2nd, in brackets). (The primary serving corresponds to the first serving of food declared.)
  • Sub-headings: Include all servings of food declared in consumer friendly measures.
  • Metric measures may also be provided in the headings.

Nutrient Declarations

  • First amount of Food:
    • Complete nutrition information, absolute values (g, mg) and % DV, are provided for the first amount of food.
    • Core information is declared (Calories and 13 nutrients)
    • Additional information may be declared.
  • For other amounts of food:
    • Calories,
    • Calories from fat (if declared for the food as sold),
    • % DV for any nutrient that is declared as a % DV for the food as sold.

Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food [B.01.459, FDR]

Purpose: These formats may be used whenever it is suitable to provide nutrition information for a food in more than one amount, to reflect different uses or different units of measure of a food.

The table Which Nutrition Facts Table Format Family Should I Use? provides guidance on when this format is appropriate for use.

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The Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food may be used to provide information for 1 and 2 slices of bread or 1 tablespoon and ½ cup of condensed milk.

Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food
Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

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Decision tree on how to decide which NFT format to use – Aggregate format – Different Amounts of Food. Description follows.

Description - Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food - Hierarchy of Formats/Decision Tree

Level 1: Steps for choosing between the dual formats

  1. Manufacturer may choose format 14 or 15. Aggregate format (figure 14.1-14.6) or bilingual aggregate format (figure 15.1-15.4).
  2. Within desired format, choose largest version of format that will fit on 15% ADS and 1 continuous surface of the package.
  3. All 1st level options must be exhausted before proceeding to next level.

Level 2: Steps for choosing a format when level 1 options are exhausted

  1. May choose either version of bilingual aggregate format (figure 15.5-15.6).
  2. If no version fits, return to hierarchy of format for standard/horizontal/linear formats.

Aggregate Format

Major Features of the Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food

Nutrition Facts table - aggregate format - different amounts of food. Description follows.
Description - Major Features of the Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food

Nutrition facts table

  • Presentation of nutrition information for more than 1 serving size of a food.
  • Unilingual English and French tables and bilingual table.

Serving Size and Headings

  • The serving size for all amounts of foods appear as headings to the appropriate columns of information.
  • The serving size for all amounts of food is expressed as a consumer friendly measure (1st) and in metric units (2nd; in brackets).

Nutrients

  • Complete nutrient information is given for all foods (absolute values (g, mg) and % DV)
  • Core information is declared (Calories and 13 nutrients)
  • Additional information may be declared.
  • All nutrition information provided for the first food must also be provided for all food(s) in the same units.
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