Record of Food Labelling and Advertising Updates

The page outlines information that has been updated on the food labelling and advertising web pages.

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Note: Minor amendments, such as typographical errors, that do not alter the content of the information, are not listed.

2016

Item Nature of Changes Date
Confectionary, Chocolate and Snack Foods Additional guidance on the labelling of Confectionary, Chocolate and Snack Food products has been incorporated into the Industry Labelling Tool. The update improves organization of existing content, further consolidates their labelling requirements, and provides additional examples to expand on current guidance. August 2016
Method of Production Claims The criteria for making natural, naturally raised, feed, antibiotic and hormone claims in labelling or advertising for meat, poultry and fish products have been updated and have been incorporated into the Method of Production Claims for Meat, Poultry and Fish Products section in the Method of Production Claims page of the Industry Labelling Tool. August 2016
Composition and Grades The Core Labelling Requirements section of the Industry Labelling Tool has been updated to incorporate guidance on food compositional requirements including new pages on standards of identity, food additives, fortification and grades. July 2016
Nutrient Function Claims The Table of Acceptable Nutrient Function Claims has been updated to include accepted function claims for new nutrients (Biotin, Vitamin K, Chromium, Copper and Manganese) as well as for certain existing nutrients (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Folate, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Zinc). July 2016
"Made from Raw or Unpasteurized Milk" Labelling on Cheese The Dairy page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to include information on Health Canada's voluntary guidance on improving the safety of soft and semi-soft cheese made from unpasteurized milk. July 2016
Grain and Bakery The Grain and Bakery Products page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to improve organization of existing content and to further consolidate guidance on labelling and composition requirements. July 2016
Allergen Infographic and Fact Sheet The Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to include a Fact Sheet with Allergen Labelling Tips for the Food Industry as well as an Infographic on Food Allergen Labelling. This information will help to increase the understanding of allergen labelling and is located under the Industry Labelling Tool heading. June 2016
Food Products that Require a Label The Food Products that Require a Label page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been updated to include information on prepackaged products consisting of less than seven identical products. May 2016
Allergens, Gluten and Precautionary Statements The Allergen-Free, Gluten-Free and Precautionary Statements page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to expand on its currently existing guidance, including additional information on gluten-free and wheat-free claims, precautionary labelling, allergen-free claims in conjunction with precautionary labelling, and Health Canada's position on gluten-free and wheat-free claims for products containing canary seed. April 2016
"Halal" Claims The "Halal" Method of Production Claims requirements have been updated to reflect the amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations. April 2016
Fats and Oils The Fats and Oils page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to enhance serviceability and expand on its currently existing guidance. February 2016

2015

Item Nature of Changes Date
Human Milk Labelling requirements for human milk have been incorporated into the Infant Food and Infant Formula page of the Industry Labelling Tool. December 2015
Water and Ice The Prepackaged Water and Ice page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to enhance serviceability and expand on its currently existing guidance. November 2015
Maple Products The Maple Products page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been updated to include new grades for maple syrup including new colour classes with taste descriptors, and to remove standard container size requirements. July 2015
Gluten-Free Claims The Gluten-Free Oats and Gluten-Free Beer sections of the Industry Labelling Tool have been updated to reflect Health Canada's current position on the use of gluten-free claims for these foods. June 2015
Alcohol The Alcohol page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to enhance serviceability by expanding on its currently existing guidance. May 2015
Salt The Salt page of the Industry Labelling Tool has been revised to enhance serviceability by expanding on its currently existing guidance. May 2015
Food Additives Information on the use of Temporary Marketing Authorization Letters (TMAL) to allow for the addition of food additive caffeine in Caffeinated Energy Drinks (CED) has been added. May 2015
Transition of Caffeinated Energy Drinks Health Canada has provided guidance to clarify the sources of food additive caffeine and its amount in a food that has a high caffeine content. May 2015
Test Market Authorizations The timeline for processing Test Market Authorization (TMA) applications under the Processed Products Regulations has been adjusted to be between 8 to 12 weeks to reflect current practices March 2015
Search Engine A search engine has been created to assist user in locating food labelling and advertising information. The search engine can be accessed from the Food Labelling and Advertising webpage. February 2015
Food Additives The Permitted Synonyms for Food Additives Table has been revised to only include those food additives to which a permitted synonym or abbreviation currently exists. February 2015
Date Markings and Storage Instructions Information on the storage instruction requirements for low-acid foods that are hermetically sealed and "Freeze by" dates has been added to the Date Marking and Storage Instructions webpage. February 2015
"Natural Source" Claims for Steviol Glycosides Information on the use of "Natural Source" claims for steviol glycosides has been added to the Labelling of Steviol Glycosides webpage. January 2015

2014

Item Nature of Changes Date
Labelling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef (MTB) Mandatory labelling of all Mechanically Tenderized Beef products sold in Canada. August 2014
Principal Display Surface

The Principal Display Surface definition has been updated to reflect amendments to the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations.

August 2014
Previously Frozen

The previously frozen requirements for Meat and Poultry Products and Fish and Fish Products have been clarified.

July 2014
Saccharin Sweetener

Saccharin is now permitted for use as a sweetener in various unstandardized foods as per Health Canada's List of Permitted Sweeteners.

July 2014
Halal – Method of Production

Halal Method of Production Claims on food labels, packaging or advertising material must now include the name of the certifying body as per amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations.

June 2014
Food Labelling for Consumers

The Food Labelling for Consumers webpage assists consumers in learning how to properly read a food label and identify information on certain parts of the label.

June 2014
Industry Labelling Tool The Industry Labelling Tool improves industry's access to food labelling information and includes a checklist to help guide users through the core requirements. The information in this tool serves as a single point of reference for stakeholders and inspection staff and replaces resources such as the Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising and Labelling and Advertising Decisions webpages. March 2014

2013

Item Nature of Changes Date
Labelling of Steviol Glycosides To provide a list of acceptable synonyms for steviol glycosides that may appear in the list of ingredients. October 2013
Food Additive and Permitted Synonyms Table The Food Additive and Permitted Synonyms Table has been updated to reflect new food additives permitted in Health Canada's lists of permitted food additives. October 2013
Food Additive and Permitted Synonyms Table To provide a list of food additive names and their synonyms that are acceptable common names for use in the ingredients lists of foods sold in Canada. June 213
Labelling and Advertising of Dietary Fibre-Containing Food Products To provide information on the Labelling and Advertising of Dietary Fibre-Containing Food Products based on Health Canada's new definition and general caloric value of 2 kcal (8 kj/g) of dietary fibre. February 2013
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