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Decisions: Pasta


Enriched Couscous

Question: Can couscous be enriched as per B.13.052 of the Food and Drug Regulations?

Answer: Yes. Couscous are considered a form of pasta (alimentary paste) and therefore may be enriched as per B.13.052. (January/2001). Added vitamins and minerals must be declared in Nutrition Facts table, expressed as percent of the Daily Value. (updated 2006)


Pasta - Enriched, as an Ingredient

Question: Can pasta that is enriched to U.S. levels, which are lower than Canadian levels, be used as an ingredient in other Canadian foods?

Answer: Yes, pasta that is enriched to U.S. levels, which are lower than Canadian levels, may be used as an ingredient in other Canadian foods. However, it may not be described or qualified as "enriched" anywhere on the label of the final food, including in the list of ingredients. (06/Nov/91) (reviewed 2006)


Enriched Pasta - Ingredient Common Name

Question: Is "enriched pasta" an acceptable common name in the ingredient list of a food containing enriched pasta?

Answer: Yes, "enriched pasta" is an acceptable common name in the ingredient list of a food containing enriched pasta, provided the nature of the enrichment and the percent of the daily value of the enriching nutrients are shown.

Note that the adjective "enriched" is not mandatory. When "enriched" is shown, a complete component declaration, including added vitamins and/or minerals, is required for the alimentary paste. "Enriched pasta" is considered to be a claim and the exemption from component declaration provided for alimentary paste in B.01.009 (1) item 28 of the Food and Drug Regulations no longer applies. A declaration of the percent of the daily value is required when "enriched" is declared or when a component listing is given (or when OTHER enrichment claims are made elsewhere on the label). (03/Jun/93) (updated 2006)


Pasta made with Spinach or Tomato

Question: Is alimentary paste made with tomato or spinach powder is, when used as an ingredient in another food, exempt from component listing under B.01.009(1) (item 28) of the Food and Drug Regulations?

Answer: Yes, alimentary paste made with tomato or spinach powder is, when used as an ingredient in another food, exempt from component listing under B.01.009(1) (item 28) of the Food and Drug Regulations, provided it does not contain any form of egg, or any flour other than wheat flour. Tomato and spinach powders are not considered to be "flour". (03/Dec/91)