Food Labelling Modernization (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Food and Drug Regulations)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Food Labelling Modernization (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Food and Drug Regulations)

Description of the Objective

The objective of the Food Labelling Modernization regulatory initiative is to develop a more modern food labelling system that responds to current and future challenges in the area of food labelling, for all foods including: imported, domestic, retail; consumer packaged or bulk, and food for further manufacturing.

This proposal would amend labelling requirements in the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and Food and Drugs Regulations in key areas (such as, date marking, food company information, legibility, origin of imported food, information on key ingredients emphasized through claims or pictures, and modified standardized common names). It aims to clarify language, promote consistency across commodities, harmonize where appropriate and review outdated labelling regulations.

Also proposed for inclusion are regulatory changes that address government commitments; incorporate by reference food compositional standards in the Food and Drug Regulations into a compendium; and, the repealing of standard container sizes for certain foods.

These amendments would help consumers make informed purchasing decisions, allow industry innovation and leverage modern technology.

Enabling Acts

Safe Food for Canadians Act and Food and Drugs Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Spring 2019. A public comment period will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

As part of Phase 1 consultations, in 2013-14, the CFIA engaged Canadians to identify issues with the current food labelling system that fall under the CFIA mandate. In 2015, during Phase 2 consultations, CFIA proposed options to modernize the system. See a "What we Heard Report" from these consultations. In 2016-17, CFIA conducted Phase 3 consultations to seek feedback on key regulatory proposals developed as a result of Phase 2 feedback.

Webinars and face to face meetings were carried out during all Phases of engagement. Stakeholders are invited to find additional details on CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization web page.

Departmental Contact

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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