Health Canada announced last week that they have finalized the Front-of-Package Nutrition Labelling Regulations. The news release, which includes links to further information, is available here.
The regulations will require a new symbol to be displayed on the front of packaged foods that are above certain limits of saturated fat, sugars, and/or sodium. Manufacturers have until January 1, 2026, to change labels and comply with the new requirement.
RCC has been an active participant in consultations on the regulations, and was responsible for the development of the magnifying glass symbol which will be used, encouraging consumers to refer to the Nutrition Facts Table for more information, rather than the more alarmist symbols which had been proposed. RCC is working with members, other industry stakeholders, and the Department on implementation of the new requirements, including federal guidance and enforcement approach and requirements for retail scale labels.
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Senior Director, Nutrition and Social Responsibility at RCC