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Notice to industry – Final publication of changes to Canada's beer compositional standards

May 1, 2019: The Government of Canada has announced changes to modernize Canada's beer compositional standard.

Changes to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), which outline specific requirements that must be met for a product to be labelled, packaged, sold and advertised as beer in Canada, now allow the beer industry to be more innovative.

The changes to the FDR support business competitiveness by allowing Canadian companies more flexibility in what they use to make beer and how they do it. This enables Canada's beer industry to create new and innovative products and gives consumers more variety in their choices when it comes to beer.

Changes to the beer compositional standards

The changes to the FDR:

In addition, brewers are now required under the FDR to declare food allergens, gluten sources or added sulphites on the label. This change will help Canadians with food allergies, celiac disease or food sensitivities make more informed choices.

The regulatory changes to the beer standard are the result of extensive consultations with consumers, industry and other stakeholders.

Transition period for industry to make the changes

Industry has been given time to transition to the new regulatory requirements, and to align with other labelling changes from the Government of Canada.

Effective on December 14, 2022, the changes must be applied. Until that date, Canadian brewers and beer importers must either follow the previous or the new requirements.

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