Notice to Industry - Regulatory amendments related to nutrition labelling, list of ingredient and food colours

Ottawa, December 14, 2016: Health Canada has introduced changes to the Food and Drug Regulations regarding nutrition and ingredient labelling and food colour requirements. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for enforcing the new requirements.

These changes will make nutrition information on food labels more useful to Canadians and allow them to make well informed food choices.

Beginning December 14, 2016, industry will have five years to adopt the new requirements. Amendments dealing with food colour specifications and the removal of synthetic colour certification requirements come into effect immediately.

Industry may follow the former requirements or the new requirements during the five-year transition period. At the end of the transition period on December 14, 2021, the new requirements must be applied.

The five-year transition period gives industry time to adopt the new requirements and takes into account other regulatory changes that are anticipated over the five year period as part of the CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization Initiative and Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy.

More information on the transition period can be found in the CFIA and Health Canada multi-year implementation plan.

Questions on the new requirements and their intent may be submitted to Health Canada via e-mail at the following address: CFIA has prepared frequently asked questions related to compliance and enforcement; additional questions on enforcement may be directed to a local CFIA office.

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