Labelling Requirements for Foods for Special Dietary Use
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Food for Special Dietary Use

A food that has been specially processed or formulated to meet the particular requirements of a person:

  • in whom a physical or physiological condition exists as a result of a disease, disorder or injury; or
  • for whom a particular effect, including but not limited to weight loss, is to be obtained by a controlled intake of foods. [B.24.001, FDR].

Formulated Liquid Diet

A food that:

  • is sold for consumption in liquid form; and
  • is sold or represented as a nutritionally complete diet for oral or tube feeding of a person in whom a physical or physiological condition exists as a result of a disease, disorder or injury. [B.24.001, FDR].

Meal Replacement

A formulated food that, by itself, can replace one or more daily meals. [B.01.001, FDR].

Nutritional Supplement

A food sold or represented as a supplement to a diet that may be inadequate in energy and essential nutrients. [B.01.001, FDR].

Prepackaged Meal

A prepackaged selection of foods for one individual that requires no preparation other than heating and that contains at least one serving, as described in Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating, published in 1992 by the Department of Supply and Services by authority of the Minister of National Health and Welfare, of

  • (a) meat, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs or milk or milk products other than butter, cream, sour cream, ice-cream, ice milk and sherbet; and
  • (b) vegetables, fruit or grain products. [B.01.001, FDR].

Very Low Energy Diet

A diet for weight reduction that provides less than 900 kilocalories per day when followed as directed. [B.24.001, FDR].

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