Front-of-package nutrition labelling

The Federal Government announced on June 30, 2022 that Front-of-Package Nutrition Labelling will be enacted on most pre-packed food. The new labelling regulation is being implemented to warn consumers about elevated levels of sugars, saturated fats and/or sodium on the front of the package to highlight these potential health hazards and permit consumers easier and faster decision making.

Front-of-package nutrition labelling has been active in Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico and Chile, and other countries have also expressed interest. Although no serious published results from the impact has been brought forward at this time, the law does apparently result in companies reformulating products so as to ensure that their products do not require the front-of-package warning.

Technical details about the particulars of formatting, location on the package, mandatory dimensions and factors that trigger the front-of-package warning were not available at the time of writing, but will be made available when those regulations are published by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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