On December 14, 2016, amendments to nutrition labelling, list of ingredients and food colour requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations came into force. Regulated parties have a five (5) year transition period to meet the new labelling requirements.
Consult the Former – Prohibitions for information on the former requirements.
Foods Prohibited from Carrying a Nutrition Facts Table
The following foods are specifically prohibited from displaying a Nutrition Facts table [B.01.401(4) and B.01.401(5), FDR]:
- formulated liquid diets;
- infant formula;
- foods containing infant formula;
- meal replacements;
- nutritional supplements; (that meet the requirements of section B.24.201, FDR); and
- foods represented for use in very low energy diets.
These products have their own nutrition labelling requirements that are different from those of the Nutrition Facts table. Consequently, they are prohibited from using the Nutrition Facts table and the titles "Nutrition Facts", "Valeur nutritive" or "Valeurs nutritives" [B.01.401(4), B.01.401(5), FDR]. However, they may adopt the Nutrition Facts table format with respect to the order of presentation, naming of nutrients, fonts, layout, etc. to display their nutrition information. Another reasonable heading such as "Nutrition Information" is permitted. See Divisions 24 and 25, FDR for more information on the labelling of these products.
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