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Proposal to Modify Nutrition Labelling Requirements under Consideration in Canada

Canada is considering a proposal to amend the current nutrition labelling provisions by requiring front-of-package labelling for pre-packaged products containing nutrients of public health concern (sodium, saturated fats and/or sugars) at or above a certain threshold to enable Canadians to more easily identify foods high in these nutrients and make healthier and more informed decisions. The proposed amendments would also repeal the Table of Permitted Nutrient Content Statements and Claims following Section B.01.513 and incorporate it by reference in the Food and Drug Regulations. According to Canadian authorities, doing so would enable Health Canada to more efficiently amend such claims in response to evolving science.

In addition, Canadian authorities are proposing to increase vitamin D fortification levels in milk, goat’s milk and margarine to help bring the vitamin D intakes of Canadians closer to the 2011 recommendations of the National Academy of Medicine. Given the decision to prohibit the sale of foods that contain PHOs by adding those substances to Part 1 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods, certain amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations are also being proposed to ensure a coherent prohibition on the use of PHOs in foods.

Finally, to address the inconsistencies in the labelling of foods containing certain high-intensity sweeteners the proposed amendments would repeal the additional principal display panel and quantitative declaration requirements for foods containing aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-potassium and neotame. Amendments to the legibility and location requirements pertaining to the phenylalanine statement on foods containing aspartame are also being proposed to improve its prominence on the label.

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