Health Canada announces proposed changes to nutritional labelling and new tools to promote healthier food choices

July 2, 2015

Health Canada recently announced proposed changes to nutrition labels as well as the launch of new tools to promote healthier food choices.  The improvements would include a new Nutrition Facts table format and clearer labelling of sugar and serving sizes.  New resources such as the My Food Guide mobile application and the Eat Well Plate will also help Canadians apply the guidance of Canada’s Food Guide to build a healthy meal.  Please pass this information on to your organization’s members or feel welcome to post on your website, share through social media, or on bulletin boards.  

Proposed changes:

  • Mandating consistent serving sizes will make it easier to compare nutrient contents of similar foods.  The ingredient list on the proposed new label would also be easier to find, read and understand.
  • The addition of a percentage daily value for sugar and the way that it is identified in the list of ingredients will make it easier to understand how much sugar is in a product and what the source is.

New Resources:

  • The Eat Well Plate helps you follow Canada's Food Guide when planning and serving meals, showing food group proportions and how to make half your plate vegetables and fruit.
  • The interactive tool My Food Guide customizes Canada's Food Guide just for you.  You can then print it and stick it on your fridge for quick and easy reference!

Have your say! To contribute to the consultation on proposed changes to nutrition labels, visit Canada.ca.

Thank you for helping to keep Canadians safe and healthy!

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