Nutrition Facts Table Formats
Formats for Specific Packaging Cases
Small Packages < 100 cm² Available Display Surface
Small packages with an ADS of <100 cm2 are exempt from carrying a Nutrition Facts table provided that an indication is present on the outer label indicating how the consumer or purchaser may obtain the nutrition information [B.01.467(1), FDR].
However, there are several requirements which the statement must meet [B.01.467(3), FDR]:
- the print type size of the statement must not be less than 8 points;
- the statement must include a postal address or a toll-free telephone number; and
- the statement must be declared in both French and English.
The nutrition information shall be provided upon request [B.01.467(4), FDR]:
- without charge, and
- in French or English, or both languages as requested.
Manufacturers must also ensure that:
- the Nutrition Facts table is in a format that would otherwise be used on the label in accordance with the regulations (as specified in sections B.01.454 to B.01.459 and B.01.461 to B.01.464 of the FDR). For example, a standard format is suitable to provide nutrition information based on one serving of food as sold;
- Horizontal or Linear formats are not used;
- the largest version (size) of an appropriate format listed in the top level of the Decision Trees is used, e.g., Figure 1.1, 2.1, 3.1; and
- the Nutrition Facts table conforms to all requirements of the Regulations, e.g., content, format.
There are several scenarios in which the small package NFT exemption does not apply and the package is required to carry an NFT [B.01.467(2), FDR]. These scenarios are covered in the section Reasons for Losing the Nutrition Labelling Exemption, with one exception: ground meat, ground meat by-products, ground poultry meat and ground poultry meat by-products may still retain the small package exemption.
Note: When the exemption is lost, alternate methods of presentation (e.g., tag, package insert, inner label, a fold-out label, an outer sleeve, overwrap or collar) may be used. However, the format hierarchy must permit that option.
Note: Exemptions from bilingual labelling exist for local foods, test market foods and specialty foods [B.01.012(3)&(7), FDR].
Retail Packages ≥ 200 cm² Available Display Surface
A product sold only in the retail establishment where it is packaged, when the package has an ADS of 200 cm2 and is labelled with a sticker, is not exempt from declaring an NFT.
- For products using Standard Formats (i.e., providing nutrition information for 1 serving of food as sold) one of the following NFTs must be used: Standard (1.1 - 1.3), Narrow Standard (2.1 - 2.3) or the Bilingual Standard (3.1 - 3.3). [B.01.454(5), FDR].
- When products qualify to use Simplified Formats (products that may declare "0" for 7 or more of Calories and core nutrients), the retailer has the option of using one of the following NFTs: Simplified Standard (5.1 - 5.3) or the Bilingual Simplified Standard (6.1 - 6.3). [B.01.455(4), FDR].
- Products that display an aggregate or dual format must choose the version of the applicable format based on the ADS of the package.
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