The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published a final notice to industry for the final phase of implementation plan for nutrition labelling changes. Compliance comes into effect as of December 15, 2023, requiring all labels to follow these new requirements. The CFIA Inspectors will also begin to follow the new Standard of Inspection Process as published.
In 2016 the Nutrition Labelling Amendments were published by the CFIA detailing new definitions for the terms daily value, food colour, reference amount, and sweetener in subsection B.01.001(1) of the Regulations. New requirements were given for the Directory of NFT Formats, functional substitute for a sweetening agent, market authorizations, multiple-serving prepackaged product, single-serving prepackaged product, sugar-based ingredient, table of daily values, and the table of reference amounts.
For the full detailed regulatory changes, please visit the Canada Gazette publication here: Canada Gazette – Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours)
The Industry Labeling Tool (Food labelling for industry – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (canada.ca) also details all requirements for core labelling components.
Per the CFIA timeline after December 14, 2023, the five-year transition period is complete. All industry stakeholders must comply with these new labelling requirements.
Our consultants are here to assist you in reviewing your products and ingredients and provide you with a tailored strategy to help you comply. Do not hesitate to get in touch today, and together, we can ensure your readiness for these critical changes.