Food label changes and new tools make choosing healthy foods easier
Jun 12, 2015
TORONTO ON –Dietitians of Canada was in attendance today as Honourable Minister Rona Ambrose announced the prepublication of proposed changes to nutrition information on the food label. The proposed changes include grouping ‘sugars’ in the Ingredient list and standardizing the serving sizes used on the Nutrition Facts table.
“Nutrition information on food labels is used by dietitians to guide Canadians in choosing healthier foods,” says Marsha Sharp, CEO, Dietitians of Canada. “Clear, consistent and easy to read nutrition information makes it easier for consumers to identify foods best suited to their health needs.”
Dietitians of Canada had several opportunities over the past 10 months to comment on the nutrition labelling proposals. The association has a long history of consulting with its members on food regulatory policy proposals and calling for changes to help Canadians make healthier food choices.
The proposed changes announced today and the new education tools including the ‘My Food Guide’ mobile application and the new ‘Eat Well Plate’ will all make it easier for Canadians to make healthy food choices. For example:
Mandatory standardized serving sizes for the Nutrition Facts table
Improved legibility of the Ingredients list on the label with consistent placement for allergen information
Sugars grouped together in the Ingredient list plus a %Daily Value for total sugars in the Nutrition Facts table
Updated % Daily Values to reflect the most recent nutrient recommendations
An exemption for requiring a Nutrition Facts table on pre-packaged vegetables and fruits before making a Health Claim
Sharp says, “We will be looking carefully at Canada Gazette 1 and engaging dietitians across the country in developing our response to the proposed changes. As always, we will work with Health Canada to support public education efforts.”
About Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada is the national professional association for dietitians, representing 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national level. As the voice of the profession, Dietitians of Canada strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition.
Dietitians of Canada has prepared a member resource with additional details on the announcement, available to DC members here
For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kate Comeau, MSc RD
Manager of Public Relations and Media