Foods Intended Solely for Children Under Two Years of Age
All formats for children under two years of age may be used only on foods that are promoted and sold solely for children under two years of age. Products that are also marketed to young children or adults are not subject to the special provisions in the regulations that apply to food for children under two years of age. For example, arrowroot cookies that are typically consumed by both young children and children under two years of age are not eligible for the formats described in this section.
This section is not complete on its own. It should be used in conjunction with the Information within the Nutrition Facts Table section and with the specific nutrition labelling regulations pertaining to foods intended solely for children under two years of age found in the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR).
For information on Nutrient Content Claims on foods for Children Under Two Years of Age and Health Claims on foods for Children Under Two Years of Age, please refer to the appropriate sections.
When To Use a Nutrition Facts Table
Unless exempted, prepackaged foods intended solely for children under two years of age are required to carry a Nutrition Facts table (NFT) [B.01.401(1), FDR].
The following foods intended solely for children under two years of age are specifically prohibited from declaring a Nutrition Facts table [B.01.401(4), B.01.401(5), FDR]:
- infant formula; and
- foods containing infant formula.
For more information on the requirements for these products, please refer to the Infant Foods and Infant Formula webpage.
The same exemptions from displaying a Nutrition Facts table and reasons for losing the exemptions that apply to all other foods also apply to prepackaged foods intended solely for children under two years of age.
Manner of Declaring
Mandatory Information in the Nutrition Facts Table
For information on the elements generally included in a Nutrition Facts Table, please refer to the Information within the Nutrition Facts Table section.
In the case of foods for children under two years of age, the Nutrition Facts table includes [B.01.403, FDR]:
- the title "Nutrition Facts";
- the serving of stated size;
- the number of Calories;
- the amounts of fat, sodium, carbohydrate, fibre, sugars, and protein; and
- the Percent Daily Values (% DV) of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
- Note: % DVs for these vitamins and minerals must be calculated based on the Recommended Daily Intake for infants and children < 2 years old.
There are several major differences between nutrition information requirements for prepackaged food for consumers and prepackaged foods for children under two years of age [B.01.403, FDR]. These differences are:
- Nutrient declarations for nutrients listed in the top part of the Nutrition Facts table (fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrate, fibre, and for the sum of saturated and trans fatty acids) are declared in absolute units only (Calories, g, mg). Percent Daily Values (% DV) are not declared for these nutrients.
- Certain nutrient declarations are not permitted: Calories from fat, Calories from saturates and trans fatty acids.
- Certain core nutrients may be omitted: saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and cholesterol. However, if cholesterol is declared then saturated and trans fatty acids must also be declared.
- Any footnotes linking the nutrient values to a 2,000 Calorie diet (see Schedule L, figure 18, FDR) are not permitted.
- The Nutrition Facts Table Formats are modified to reflect these differences. For example, there are no Dual Formats for foods for children under two years of age.
Although there is considerable variation in the manner of declaration of the serving size among the different Nutrition Facts table formats, there is always a requirement for the serving size to be declared for the product as sold. This serving is to be the amount of food that one person would reasonably eat at one eating occasion.
While the Tables : Reference Amount and Serving Size provides a list of reasonable serving sizes for many foods, there are no recommended serving sizes or reference amounts for children under two years of age.
Additional Information in the Nutrition Facts Table
Additional information may be shown in the Nutrition Facts tables, for children under two years of age. When shown, the additional information shown in the NFT must be presented as illustrated in the figure below [Schedule L, Figures 33.1(E) and (F) or Figure 34.1(B), FDR] with respect to the order of presentation, indentation and the presentation of footnotes. The information must be incorporated into an applicable format (e.g., standard, narrow standard, bilingual standard, etc.) as selected according to the information presented in the Nutrition Facts Table Formats for Children Under Two Years of Age section. The additional information must be shown in both English and French, unless otherwise exempted from bilingual labelling requirements [table following B.01.402 of the FDR].
Standard Format - Children Under Two Years of Age
Additional Information - Children Under Two Years of Age
Description for Nutrition Facts Table - additional information
Serving Size 125mL (26g)
Servings Per Container 8
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value|
This information is provided for people who use text readers. The layout of the above information is not a guideline for nutritional labelling.
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Nutrition Facts Table Formats for Children Under Two Years of Age
Sections B.01.461 through B.01.465 of the FDR set out the criteria for each of the formats of the NFT for foods intended solely for children under two. The formats and versions (sizes) are specified in the Considerations for Selecting an Appropriate Nutrition Facts Table section. They are selected in the same manner as for other consumer foods, with some exceptions. For example, there are no Dual Formats for children under 2 years of age.
The acceptable formats of NFT for foods solely for children under two years of age can be found in Schedule L of the FDR, specifically Figures 20.1(E) to 34.1(B).
Steps for Choosing a Nutrition Facts Table
Step 1: Measure the Available Display Surface of your Package
For information on calculating the ADS of the package, see the Available Display Surface section.
Step 2: Choose an NFT Format Family
Sections B.01.461 to B.01.464 of the FDR set out "families" of formats applying to children under two years of age. Each family provides format options for presenting nutrition information in a specific manner.
The table below entitled "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.
|Format||May Be Used For:||Must Be Used For:||Example(s)|
|Standard/Horizontal/Linear Formats – for Children Under Two Years of Age [B.01.461, FDR]||
|Simplified Formats–for Children Under Two Years of Age [B.01.462, FDR]||
||N/A (always optional)|
|Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Food –for Children Under Two Years of Age [B.01.463, FDR]||
|Aggregate Format– Different Amounts of Food –for Children Under Two Years of Age [B.01.464, FDR].||
||N/A (always optional)||
Step 3: Choose the Appropriate Nutrition Facts Table using Decision Trees
Before using the Decision Trees below, please refer to the Guide to Using Decision Trees in the NFT Formats section.
Standard, Horizontal, Linear Formats – Children Under Two Years of Age [B.01.461, FDR]
Simplified Formats – Children Under Two Years of Age [B.01.462, FDR]
When used, the simplified formats for foods for children under two must include the following information [B.01.403(5), FDR]:
- the serving of stated size, the energy value and the amounts of fat, carbohydrate and protein;
- any nutrient which is the subject of a nutritional or health-related claim or representation as described in the Nutrient Content Claims and Health Claims sections;
- the amount of any sugar alcohol, vitamin and mineral nutrient added to the food, except fluoride added to prepackaged water or ice;
- the amount of sodium, fibre, sugars, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium when these cannot be declared as "0";
- all vitamins and mineral nutrients declared as a component of one of the product's ingredients (except if the ingredient is flour), and
- the statement "Not a significant source of (naming any excluded core nutrients mentioned in the Elements Within the Nutrition Facts Table section)". Saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, and cholesterol are not required to be listed in this statement as their declaration is only triggered when the amount of cholesterol is provided.
When the simplified formats will not fit within 15% of the available display surface, alternative formats are provided in B.01.462(3) of the FDR.
Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods – Children Under Two Years of Age[B.01.463, FDR]
Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food – Children Under Two [B.01.464, FDR]
Small Packages – Children Under Two Years of Age
Foods intended solely for children under two years of age in small packages with an ADS <100cm2 are exempt from carrying a Nutrition Facts table as long as the information is provided as outlined in the small packages < 100 cm2 section.
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