New Canadian Label Requirements

Posted on December 23, 2016 by

Health Canada announced new nutrition and labeling requirements that went into effect on December 14th. Here's a rundown of the key changes for our Canadian users.

We currently have the vertical and linear formats available on ReciPal. You can select them using the Label Type dropdown menu - they're the "Canadian New" option at the end of the list.

When Do I Have To Start Using the New Format?

There's plenty of time to make the transition. You have 5 years (until December 2021!) before the new Nutrition Facts Panel format is required. Until then, both the current and the new formats are compliant. You can use either one, but you have to use only one of them. That means you can't use the current format and include parts of the new one in it, like the new vitamin requirements, for example.

It seems that the amendments related to food colors, though, must be followed immediately. That's what it says in the CFIA implementation plan. (Health Canada's site seems to suggest that the 5-year transition period applies, but we'd suggest following what the enforcement agency says—that's the CFIA.)

What Are the Changes?

The changes affect the layout and content of the nutrition panel, the format of the ingredient statement, the calculation and declaration of serving sizes, the declaration and presentation of sugars, and the naming of food colors.

New Canadian nutrition labels

The old and new Canadian labels courtesy of Health Canada.

How Can ReciPal Help?

We're working on the other new format options as well. We'll let you know as soon as updates and formats are released, so stay tuned. And let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!

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