In late 2016, Canada introduced new changes to its food labeling regulation, which does away with the existing one, the Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising. Codified under what is called the Industry Labelling Tool; this regulation tool provides guidance to a number of important aspects of food, such as:
- Food Products that Require a Label
- General Principles for Labelling and Advertising
- Labelling Requirements Checklist
Aim of the new food labeling regulation in Canada
The main aim of the new food labeling regulation in Canada is to make it easier for consumers to understand the nutrition information more easily and make informed choices about the food they consume.
It also seeks to bring safer food for the country’s children by making changes into the labels of food meant for children. Towards this, it will continue to implement the recommendations the World Health Organization passed in 2010 to ensure safer food and beverages for children.
At the time of passing the new food labeling regulation in Canada; the WHO guideline was being implemented vigorously in Quebec for children below the age of 13.
How is the new food labeling regulation in Canada being implemented?
The new food labeling regulation in Canada, which was enacted in late 2016, expects the designated industries to implement the guidelines set out in the Industry Labelling Tool over a five-year period. Some of the amendments that come up for the earliest phase of implementation cover the food color specifications and the removal of synthetic color specification. The implementation of these amendments has started in early 2017. Consultations have been going on with food experts, stakeholders, the industry and the general public.