The Government of Canada has been making improvements to the food labels and fact tables, therefore, implementing new labelling requirements. Whether you are a consumer or part of the food industry, the amendments have progressively changed the way labels are written and read.
With a five-year transition period ending on December 14th, 2021 that has now been extended to Dec 15, 2022, consumers have already noticed some changes across the country. As the creators of food packaging and labels, GLBC wanted to explain some of the changes coming and how to understand the important information.
In Part One of our Three-Part Food Label Series, we will look at changes to the Nutrition Facts Table as well as changes to the all-important ingredients list.
Nutrition Facts Table
There are a few notable changes coming to the nutrition facts table. Some of these updates include:
Making the serving size more
- This change will create more consistency when comparing similar foods. As well, the serving size reflects the amounts Canadians typically eat in a sitting.
Making the calories easier to find
- Calories count- it is often the first information people search for
- Enlarging the font and adding a bold line under the calories will help draw the eye
Updating the list of nutrients to add potassium
- Potassium can be found in foods like banana’s, sweet potato, and surprisingly, watermelon
- Potassium helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Research has shown that most Canadians are not getting enough potassium
Removing Vitamin A and Vitamin C
- Research has shown that most Canadians get enough of these nutrients in their diets
Labels will now include a footnote explaining how much sugar and other nutrients (like sodium) are in their food.
- This addition will explain that 5% or less is a little and 15% or more is a lot
Some of the changes you might begin to notice when looking at ingredients include:
- Sugar Grouping
- Anything sugar-based will now be grouped together to help consumers identify all the sources of sugar added to a food
- Food colours will be listed by individual common names
- Text will be in black font on a white or neutral background
More information on the changes coming to food labels can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-labelling-changes.html.
If you are looking to update your labels for an existing product, or perhaps have a new label project on the go, contact our Label Division and we’d be happy to assist! Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two of the blog series where we discuss the changes to the serving size as well as what to expect on your packaging.
Links to the entire Blog Series:
Changing the Food Tables: New Labelling Requirements to Help Consumers Make Informed Food Choices – Part Two