Sweeteners
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The intent of this webpage is to outline the labelling requirements for sweeteners (definition) and foods that contain sweeteners.

The only sweeteners that are permitted for use in Canada are the ones written in the List of Permitted Sweeteners, published on the Department of Health website. In order for these sweeteners to be used, they must be used in accordance with the permitted foods, maximum levels of use, and other conditions outlined in the List of Permitted Sweeteners.

Sweeteners and sweetening agents are not synonymous terms. Sweetening agents (definition), such as granulated sugar and honey, are regulated in Division 18 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), and must comply with the standards outlined in that Division. This webpage will not be discussing information related to sweetening agents.

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