Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870)

Regulations are current to 2017-04-12 and last amended on 2017-03-14. Previous Versions

Small Packages

  •  (1) Despite section A.01.016 and subject to subsection (2), if the available display surface of a prepackaged product is less than 100 cm2, the label of the product need not carry a nutrition facts table if the outer side of the label contains an indication of how a purchaser or consumer may obtain the nutrition information that would otherwise be required to be set out in a nutrition facts table on the label of the product.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a prepackaged product that is

    • (a) described in paragraph B.01.401(3)(a), (b), (c) or (e); or

    • (b) contained in a package to which a label cannot be physically applied or on which information cannot be legibly set out and easily viewed by the purchaser or consumer under the customary conditions of purchase.

  • (2.1) However, subsection (1) applies to a prepackaged product that is referred to in paragraph B.01.401(3)(c) and subparagraph B.01.401(3)(e)(ii) and that meets the conditions set out in column 2 of item 37 of the table following section B.01.513 for the subject “Free of sugars” set out in column 1 if

    • (a) the product does not contain an added vitamin or mineral nutrient;

    • (b) the energy value expressed in Calories per serving of stated size and the amount of sugar alcohols expressed in grams per serving of stated size are shown immediately following the list of ingredients or the food allergen source, gluten source and added sulphites statement, as defined in subsection B.01.010.1(1), or the declaration referred to in subsection B.01.010.4(1), if that statement or declaration appears on the label; and

    • (c) in the case of the product referred to in subparagraph B.01.401(3)(e)(ii), a statement or claim set out in column 4 of item 37 of the table following section B.01.513 for the subject “Free of sugars” set out in column 1 that appears on the label is

      • (i) legibly set out on the principal display panel,

      • (ii) in lower case letters except for the first letter of each word of the statement or claim, which may be an upper case letter,

      • (iii) of at least the same size and prominence as the letters used in the numerical portion of the declaration of net quantity as required under section 14 of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations, and

      • (iv) displayed in a colour contrasting with the background of the label.

  • (3) An indication referred to in subsection (1)

    • (a) shall be set out in a type size of not less than 8 points;

    • (b) shall include a postal address or a toll-free telephone number; and

    • (c) shall be

      • (i) in English and French, or

      • (ii) in one of those languages, if in accordance with subsection B.01.012(3) or (7) the information that is required by these Regulations to be shown on the label of the product may be shown in that language only and is shown on the label in that language.

  • (4) The manufacturer of the prepackaged product shall provide the information referred to in subsection (1) to a purchaser or consumer on request

    • (a) without charge;

    • (b) in the following manner, namely,

      • (i) in the official language in which the information is requested or, if specified by the purchaser or consumer, in both official languages, or

      • (ii) in one of the official languages, if in accordance with subsection B.01.012(3) or (7) the information that is required by these Regulations to be shown on the label of the product may be shown in that language only and is shown on the label in that language; and

    • (c) in the form of a nutrition facts table that is set out

      • (i) in a format, other than a horizontal format, that is specified in any of sections B.01.454 to B.01.459 or B.01.461 to B.01.464 and that would otherwise be carried on the label of the product in accordance with these Regulations, and

      • (ii) in a version of that format that is listed in column 1 of item 1 of any Part of the table to the applicable section referred to in subparagraph (i).

  • (5) In this section, official languages means the English language and the French language.

  • SOR/2003-11, s. 20;
  • SOR/2016-305, s. 44.
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a prepackaged product has an available display surface of less than 100 cm2 and has a nutrition facts table on its label, the nutrition facts table need only include

    • (a) the serving of stated size;

    • (b) the energy value and, subject to subsection (2), the amount of nutrients referred to in column 1 of items 2 to 15 of the table to section B.01.401 if the amount shown in the nutrition facts table may not be expressed as “0” according to the manner set out in column 4; and

    • (c) the amount of any sugar alcohol, vitamin or mineral nutrient added to the prepackaged product.

  • (2) If the label of a prepackaged product, or any advertisement for the product that is made or placed by or on the direction of the manufacturer of the product, contains a representation, express or implied, that includes information that is set out in column 1 of the table to section B.01.401 or B.01.402, that information shall also be in the nutrition facts table.

  • SOR/2016-305, s. 45.

 Despite subsection B.01.401(1), the label of a prepackaged product that has an available display surface of less than 15 cm2 need not carry a nutrition facts table.

  • SOR/2016-305, s. 45.

[B.01.470 to B.01.499 reserved]

Nutrient Content Claims

Interpretation

  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this section and in the table following section B.01.513.

    combination foods

    combination foods means the category of food to which belong foods that contain as ingredients foods from more than one food group, or foods from one or more food groups mixed with foods from the category of other foods, such as pizza or lasagna. (aliments composés)

    food group

    food group means one of the following categories of foods:

    • (a) milk products, and milk product alternatives such as fortified plant-based beverages;

    • (b) meat, poultry and fish, and alternatives such as legumes, eggs, tofu or peanut butter;

    • (c) bread and grain products; or

    • (d) vegetables and fruit. (groupe alimentaire)

    other foods

    other foods means the category of food to which belong foods that are not part of any food group, including

    • (a) foods that are mostly fats, such as butter, margarine, oil or lard;

    • (b) foods that are mostly sugars, such as jam, honey, syrup or confectionery;

    • (c) snack foods, such as potato chips or pretzels;

    • (d) beverages, such as water, tea, coffee or soft drinks; and

    • (e) herbs, spices and condiments, such as pickles, mustard or ketchup. (autres aliments)

    reference food of the same food group

    reference food of the same food group means a food that can be substituted in the diet for the food to which it is compared and that belongs to

    • (a) the same food group as the food to which it is compared, such as cheese as a reference food for milk, or chicken as a reference food for tofu;

    • (b) the category of other foods, if the food to which it is compared also belongs to that category, such as pretzels as a reference food for potato chips; or

    • (c) the category of combination foods, if the food to which it is compared also belongs to that category, such as pizza as a reference food for lasagna. (aliment de référence du même groupe alimentaire)

    similar reference food

    similar reference food means a food of the same type as the food to which it is compared and that has not been processed, formulated, reformulated or otherwise modified in a manner that increases or decreases the energy value or the amount of a nutrient that is the subject of the comparison, such as whole milk as a similar reference food for partly skimmed milk or regular chocolate chip cookies as a similar reference food for fat-reduced chocolate chip cookies. (aliment de référence similaire)

  • (2) The similar reference food referred to in column 3 of item 45 of the table following section B.01.513, with respect to the subject “light in energy or fat” set out in column 1, shall have a nutrient value that is representative of foods of that type that have not been processed, formulated, reformulated or otherwise modified in a manner that increases the energy value or the amount of fat.

  • SOR/2003-11, s. 20;
  • SOR/2007-302, s. 4(F).
 
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