The Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will enforce new menu labeling regulations starting January 1, 2017.
The new regulation specifies the following:
- The addition of a definition of "grocery store," which includes convenience stores that sell the same items.
- Requiring food service premises to post either of the following contextual statements (in English or French) between January 1,2017 and December 31, 2017:
- “Adults and youth (ages 13 and older) need an average of 2,000 calories a day, and children (ages 4 to 12) need an average of 1,500 calories a day. However, individual needs vary.” OR “The average adult requires approximately 2,000 to 2,400 calories per day; however, individual calorie needs may vary.”
- Requiring food services premises to post as of January 1, 2018, in English or in French, the contextual statement for adults, youth, and children: “Adults and youth (ages 13 and older) need an average of 2,000 calories a day, and children (ages 4 to 12) need an average of 1,500 calories a day. However, individual needs vary.”
- Clarifying the definition of "menu" to be any written means of communication that lists standard food items for sale.
- Clarifying that billboards and radio and television advertisements are not menus, and are exempt from the requirements of the Act and the regulation.
- Clarifying that the menu labelling requirements do not apply where there is no price listed next to an item or a method to place an order, in the case of online menus or menu applications, or advertisements and promotional flyers distributed outside of regulated food service premises.
- Clarifying that the following standard food items are exempt from the menu labelling requirements in the Act and the regulation, if sold or offered for sale in grocery stores:
- Exempting all standard food items in vending machines from the requirements of the Act and the menu labelling regulation.
- Requiring calories per serving and the serving size to be posted on a sign for each flavour/variety of standard food item that is displayed in bulk form.
- Specifying new requirements in relation to the contextual statement
This was officially announced on September 27, 2016.