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Specific nutrient content claim requirements
Fat claims

Criteria for fat claims are provided in the Summary table of fat claims below.

The following references are permitted:

Summary table of fat claims

Note: The claims in quotation marks in column 1 are those which are permitted by the Food and Drug Regulations. The reference amounts are found in the Table of reference amounts for food.

Column 1
Claim
Column 2
Conditions - Food
Column 3
Conditions - Label or advertisement
Column 4
FDR Reference

a) Free of fat
"free of fat"
"fat-free"
"no fat"
"0 fat"
"zero fat"
"without fat"
"contains no fat"
"non-fat"

The food contains:
(a) less than 0.5 g of fat per reference amount and serving of stated size; or
(b) less than 0.5 g of fat per serving of stated size, if the food is a prepackaged meal.

Must comply with requirements and conditions for making a nutrient content claim.

Nutrition Facts table is required on Foods usually exempt from displaying a Nutrition Facts table by B.01.401(2)(a) and (b) of the FDR [B.01.401(3)(e)(ii), FDR].

When used in an advertisement, must comply with the Advertising requirements for nutrient content claims.

B.01.401(3)(e)(ii)
Table following B.01.513, item 11

b) Low in fat
"low in fat"
"low fat"
"low source of fat"
"little fat"
"contains only (number) g of fat per serving"
"contains less than (number) g of fat per serving"

The food contains:
(a) 3 g or less of fat per reference amount and serving of stated size and, if the reference amount is 30 g or 30 mL or less, per 50 g; or
(b) 3 g or less of fat per 100 g and 30% or less of the energy is from fat, if the food is a prepackaged meal.

See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 12

c) Reduced in fat
"reduced in fat"
"reduced fat"
"fat-reduced"
"less fat"
"lower fat"
"lower in fat"

(1) The food is processed, formulated, reformulated or otherwise modified so that it contains at least 25% less fat
(a) per reference amount of the food, than the reference amount of a similar reference food; or
(b) per 100 g, than 100 g of a similar reference food, if the food is a prepackaged meal.
(2) The similar reference food does not meet the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "low in fat" (item b) of this table).

The following are identified:
(a) the similar reference food (definition);
(b) the amounts of the food and the similar reference food being compared, if those amounts are not equal; and
(c) the difference in fat with the similar reference food, expressed by percentage or fraction or in grams per serving of stated size.
(See Comparative nutrient content claims for more information.)
See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 13

d) Lower in fat
"lower in fat"
"lower fat"
"less fat"

(1) The food contains at least 25% less fat
(a) per reference amount of the food, than the reference amount of a reference food of the same food group; or
(b) per 100 g, than 100 g of a reference food of the same food group, if the food is a prepackaged meal.
(2) The reference food of the same food group does not meet the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "low in fat" (item b) of this table).

The following are identified:
(a) the reference food of the same food group (definition);
(b) the amounts of the food and the reference food of the same food group being compared, if those amounts are not equal; and
(c) the difference in fat with the reference food of the same food group, expressed by percentage or fraction or in grams per serving of stated size.
(See Comparative nutrient content claims for more information.)
See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 14

e) 100% fat-free
"100% fat-free"
"100% free of fat"

The food
(a) contains less than 0.5 g of fat per 100 g;
(b) contains no added fat; and
(c) meets the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "free of fat" (item a) of this table).

See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 15

f) (Percentage) fat-free
"(percentage) fat-free"
"(percentage) free of fat"

The food meets the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "low in fat" (item b) of this table).

One of the following statements or claims is stated: "low fat" or "low in fat".
See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 16

g) No added fat
"no fat added"
"no added fat"
"without added fat"

(1) The food contains no added fats or oils set out in Division 9, FDR, or added butter or ghee, or ingredients that contain added fats or oils, or butter or ghee.
(2) The similar reference food contains added fats or oils set out in Division 9, FDR, or added butter or ghee.

See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 17

h) Light in fat
"light"
"lite"

The food meets the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "reduced in fat" (item c) of this table).

The following are identified:
(a) the similar reference foodTable Note 2;
(b) the amounts of the food and the similar reference food being compared, if those amounts are not equal; and
(c) the difference in fat value with the similar reference food, expressed by percentage or fraction or in Calories or grams per serving of stated size.
(See Comparative nutrient content claims for more information.)
See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 45

i) Lean
"lean"

The food
(a) is meat or poultry that has not been ground, marine or fresh water animals or a product of any of these; and
(b) contains 10% or less fat.

See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 46

j) Extra Lean
"extra lean"

The food
(a) is meat or poultry that has not been ground, marine or fresh water animals or a product of any of these; and
(b) contains 7.5% or less fat.

See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 47

Table Notes

Table note 2

The similar reference food for foods with a "light in fat" claim, shall have a nutrient value that is representative of foods of that type that have not been processed, formulated, reformulated or otherwise modified in a manner that increases the energy value or the amount of fat [B.01.500(2), FDR].

Return to table note 2 referrer

For examples on identifying the validity of a fat claim, please refer to Nutrient content claim examples.

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