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Health Canada has amended the Food and Drug Regulations to finalize the changes to the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients on packaged foods. The amended regulation is tagged as SOR/2016–305 Food and Drugs Act Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colors).

The amended regulations aim to make it easier for consumers to read the Nutrition Label and identify which food products are safer. Specifically, the amended regulations provide changes on the serving sizes for better understanding of the nutritional composition of a single product.

The amended regulations enable new health claim linking the consumption of fruits and vegetables to a reduced risk of heart disease. The amended regulations also specify the declaration of all food colors by its common name rather than its generic term, “color”.

A five year transition period is given to food industry to comply with these amended regulations.

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