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Implementation Plan for Amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations Related to Nutrition Labelling, List of Ingredients and Food Colours


Health Canada published amendments to nutrition labelling, list of ingredients and food colour requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations (Regulations) in Canada Gazette Part II on December 14, 2016. The key changes relate to:

These regulatory amendments provide a five (5) year transition periodFootnote 1 for regulated parties to meet the new labelling requirements. Amendments dealing with food colour specifications and removal of the synthetic colour certification requirement come into effect immediately.

This document provides a summary of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada's multi-year implementation plan during this transition period.


Regulated parties may apply either the former Regulations or the new Regulations over the five (5) year transition periodFootnote 1 . Health Canada and the CFIA have developed an implementation plan for this transition period that includes three (3) phases.

The key activities for each phase are summarized below.

Phase I

The publication of these amendments in Canada Gazette Part II marked the beginning of Phase I.

Key Activities

Phase II (currently)

Phase II begins mid May 2018, when the role of responding to inquiries on the new requirements transitions from Health Canada to CFIA, and continues until the end of the transition period.

Key Activities

Phase III

Phase III will begin at the end of the transition period.

Key Activities

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