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Notice to Industry - Enforcement of new halal labelling and advertising requirements

Note that the coming into force date of the related amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations was revised from April 4, 2016 to April 5, 2016.

March 9, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Effective April 5, 2016, the new halal labelling and advertising requirements will be enforced following a two-year transition period. The related amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on April 23, 2014.

As of April 5, all halal claims on food labels, packaging and advertising materials will need to be accompanied by the name of the organization or person that certified it as halal. This regulatory change supports a consistent approach to halal claims on food products in the Canadian marketplace. It provides Canadians with the information they need to make informed decisions and purchase the food that meets their needs.

Halal claims on food are voluntary. However, if a halal claim is made on a product label, packaging or in advertising, then it must follow the regulatory requirements. The CFIA will take compliance and enforcement actions if the requirements are not met.

These changes do not affect food safety. All food sold in Canada, including halal products, must meet Canada’s stringent food safety standards.

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