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What changes are being made to the Canadian food labelling regulations?

The updated labelling regulations include changes to the Nutrition Fact Table, ingredient lists and guidance on how to determine the correct serving size for your product. These updates take into account both changes in consumption patterns of Canadian consumers and scientific knowledge we have gained in the last decade.

  • Changes to the Nutrition Fact table include new formatting, to emphasize the most important information, like the Calories and Serving Size. Some nutrients have been added and removed, and many Daily Values have changed. There is also a new footnote, providing context to consumers for the % Daily Values.
  • New requirements for the format of the ingredient list and allergen statements are intended to increase legibility for consumers. Health Canada has also added the requirement to group sugar-based ingredients in the ingredient list, and to and list food colours by individual names.
  • The way that serving sizes will be determined has been improved, in order to enhance consistency and to better reflect the amounts typically eaten.

On June 13, 2017, the FDA announced its intention to extend the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts Label final rules. The FDA will provide details of the extension through a Federal Register Notice at a later time.

What are the changes being made to the U.S. Nutrition Facts Panel?

The updated regulations include changes to the format of the Nutrition Fact panel, the nutrients declared, and guidance on how to determine the correct serving size for your product. These updates take into account both changes in consumption patterns of consumers and scientific knowledge we have gained in the last decade.

Changes to the regulations include:

  • Updated formatting to emphasize the calories and serving size information, a new footnote and actual amounts of the vitamins and minerals. 
  • Changes to the way Sugars are shown in order to provide clear information about this nutrient of concern. Added Sugars will now be required to be declared on the panel with a new % Daily Value.
  • A new definition for Dietary Fiber that requires evidence of a beneficial effect to our health.
  • Vitamin A and Vitamin C will no longer be required on the panel and be replaced by Vitamin D and Potassium to reflect new scientific knowledge. 
  • Updates to serving sizes and new format requirements for special package sizes based on the Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed per Eating Occasion (RACC).
  • Updated Daily Values (DV) for many nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Labels must be updated on or before July 26, 2018.  Companies with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an extra year to comply with the new regulations. 

What are the requirements for the new Menu Labeling Regulation in the US?

Calorie and nutrition labeling will be required for standard menu items. Calories must be clear and prominent on menus and menu boards. Written nutrition information is required to be available to consumers upon their request.  This regulation applies to any company which operates restaurants, convenience stores and other retail food establishments with 20 or more locations operating under the same name and offering substantially the same restaurant type food menu items. Compliance is required by May 7, 2018.

What does the new Vending Machine Regulation in the US require?

The regulation requires calorie information to be shown for all food products sold from vending machines.  The calories may be posted on a machine’s electronic display, by stickers or by signs.  All calorie information must be prominently displayed so the consumer can see the information before making a selection.  Anyone who owns or operates 20 or more vending machines which dispenses food products will be required to comply with the new Vending Machine Regulation.

For most machines, the compliance date is December 1, 2016.  For glass-front vending machines that sell food products with front of package labeling and for machines that sell certain gums, mints and roll candy, the compliance date is July 26, 2018.

What are the requirements for Ontario’s menu labeling regulation?

Ontario’s new Healthy Menu Choices Act and Regulations came into force on January 1, 2017. The law requires owners and operators of food service premises that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations in Ontario to display calorie information for every standard food and beverage item on their menus, and on display tags/labels or signs where the food items are put on display or are self-serve.