Labelling Requirements for Foods for Special Dietary Use
Prepackaged Meal for Use in Weight-Reduction Diet

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A prepackaged meal (definition) that is sold or advertised for use in a weight reduction diet is not exempt from declaring a Nutrition Facts table, it must be declared as per the Nutrition Labelling requirements set out by the Food and Drug Regulations. Prepackaged meals for use in a weight reduction diet must also meet the following labelling requirements.

Required Weight Reduction Statement

All prepackaged meals sold or advertised for use in a weight reduction diet must prominently display on the principal display panel the following statement: "useful in weight reduction only as part of an energy-reduced diet / utile pour perdre du poids seulement dans le cadre d'un régime à teneur réduite en énergie". [B.24.202 & B.24.203, FDR]. This statement must also be included in all advertisements for the product. [B.24.205, FDR].

Direction for use - Prepackaged Meal for Use in Weight-Reduction Diet

The label of these products must have, in the directions for use, a sample seven-day menu, in which the prepackaged meal is used. This menu plan must meet the following criteria:

  • each daily meal contains, at a minimum, one serving of each food group from Canada's Food Guide (see Health Canada's webpage on Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide);
  • it must result in a daily energy intake of at least 1200 Calories (5040 kJ);
  • the maximum amount of energy from fat must not be more than 30 percent, of which no more than 10 percent may be from saturated fat;
  • the mean daily intake of each nutrient listed in column I of the table following section B.24.204 of the FDR must not be less than the amount shown in column II, in the case of a menu recommended for men, or in column III, in the case of a menu recommended for women; and
  • the menu does not include any reference to vitamin or mineral supplements. [B.24.202 - B.24.204, FDR].

Note: It is not permitted create the impression that the consumption of a vitamin or a mineral supplement must be part of the diet, nor is it permitted to make any reference to a vitamin or mineral supplement on the product. [B.24.205, FDR].

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