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Notice to Industry - Regulatory amendments related to nutrition labelling, list of ingredient and food colours

Ottawa, May 11, 2018: On December 14, 2016, Health Canada introduced changes to the Food and Drug Regulations regarding nutrition and ingredient labelling and food colour requirements. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for enforcing the new requirements.

These changes aim to make nutrition information on food labels more useful to Canadians and allow them to make well informed food choices.

Beginning December 14, 2016, industry has five years to adopt the new requirementsFootnote 1 . Amendments dealing with food colour specifications and the removal of synthetic colour certification requirements came into effect immediately at that time.

Industry may follow the former requirements or the new requirements during the five-year transition period. After the transition period, which ends on December 14, 2021Footnote 1 , the new requirements must be applied.

The five-year transition periodFootnote 1 gives industry time to adopt the new requirements and takes into account other regulatory changes that are anticipated over the five year period as part of the CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization Initiative and Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy.

More information on the transition period can be found in the CFIA and Health Canada multi-year implementation plan.

For all food labelling questions, including those related to the new requirements, the primary resource is the Industry Labelling Tool. Any additional questions may be directed to a CFIA local office. CFIA has also prepared frequently asked questions related to compliance and enforcement.

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