Labelling Requirements for Foods for Special Dietary Use
Weight Reduction Diets
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As obesity is included in Schedule A of the Food and Drugs Act, foods may not be advertised as a treatment, preventative or cure for this condition.
The following foods may be represented for use in weight reduction diets if they meet the requirements set out in Division 24 of the FDR:
- meal replacements for weight reduction;
- prepackaged meals for weight reduction;
- foods sold by a weight reduction clinic to clients of the clinic for use in a weight-reduction program supervised by the staff of the clinic; and
- foods represented for use in very low energy diets. [B.24.003, FDR].
Testimonials claiming rapid weight loss, which is considered hazardous to health, and testimonials for weight reduction by people who were obese, are unacceptable.
It is important to note that foods represented for use in a weight-reduction diet differ from foods represented for use in achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. See Weight Loss Claims vs. Weight Maintenance Claims for more information.
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