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Nutrition Labelling, Nutrient Content Claims and Health Claims

On January 1, 2003, Health Canada's amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations for the following three types of nutrition information were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II:

  • Nutrition labelling: mandatory Nutrition Facts on prepackaged foods, listing calories and 13 nutrients, with a few exemptions;
  • Nutrition claims: updates to the requirements for nutrient content claims (e.g., "free of trans fatty acids" or "low sodium");
  • Diet related health claims: new claims permitted for foods that are suitable for diets that reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease or cancer.


Quantitative Statements

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Information for Foods sold to Industrial Enterprises

Nutrient Content Claims

Drug vs. Food

Health Claims

Biological Role Claims