It’s official! After two years of public consultations, Health Canada has finalized the changes to the Nutrition Facts table and ingredients list on packaged foods. On December 14th, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health announced that these changes are all part of the strategy to help make healthy food choices the easy choice for all Canadians.
Here’s a quick at-a-glance comparison of the old versus the new Nutrition Facts table as well as ingredients lists.
The new Nutrition Facts table puts a greater emphasis on calories, potassium, calcium and iron. For the first time ever, there will be a % Daily Value (% DV) for total sugars at 100 grams:
Colours will now be identified by their name rather than collectively grouped as “colours”:
Different sugars will still be identified individually by name, and will now be grouped together as “Sugars”:
The food industry has until 5 years – until 2021 – to make these changes, but you may start seeing new labels as early as next year.