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Canadian Public Health Association

Nutrition labelling

Health Canada regulates the labelling of food products in Canada. New regulations published on January 1, 2003:

  • Made nutrition labelling mandatory on most food labels (Nutrition Facts).
  • Updated requirements for nutrient content claims.
  • Permitted, for the first time in Canada, diet-related health claims for foods.

Together, the Nutrition Facts table, the nutrition claims and the ingredient list provide Canadians with more information to make informed food choices

Ingredient List

  • Ingredients in the food are listed by weight from most to least.
  • The ingredient list is a source of information for people with allergies or for people who wish to avoid certain ingredients based on their beliefs.

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