Specific Nutrient Content Claim Requirements
Trans Fatty Acid Claims

The conditions for trans fatty acid claims are linked with the content of saturated fatty acids.

Only the claims listed in the table below are permitted. Claims such as "Low in trans" are not permitted.

Summary Table of Trans Fatty Acid Claims

Note: The claims in quotation marks in column 1 are those which are permitted by the Food and Drug Regulations. The reference amounts are found in Part D, Schedule M of the Food and Drug Regulations.

Summary Table of Trans Fatty Acid Claims
Column 1
Claim
Column 2
Conditions - Food
Column 3
Conditions - Label or Advertisement
Column 4
FDR Reference

a) Free of trans fatty acids
"free of trans fatty acids"
"trans fatty acids-free"
"no trans fatty acids"
"0 trans fatty acids"
"zero trans fatty acids"
"without trans fatty acids"
Note: "trans fatty acids" may be substituted with "trans fat" or "trans" in the above claims
"contains no trans fatty acids"
"contains no trans fat"

The food:
(a) contains less than 0.2 g of trans fatty acids per
(i) reference amount and serving of stated size, or
(ii) serving of stated size, if the food is a prepackaged meal; and
(b) meets the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "low in saturated fatty acids" (item (b) of Summary Table of Saturated Fatty Acid Claims).

Must comply with requirements and conditions for making a nutrient content claim.

Nutrition Facts table is required on Foods Usually Exempt from Displaying a Nutrition Facts Table by B.01.401(2)(a) and (b) of the FDR [B.01.401(3)(e)(ii), FDR].

When used in an advertisement, must comply with the Advertising Requirements for Nutrient Content Claims.

Table following B.01.513, item 22

b) Reduced in trans fatty acids
"reduced in trans fatty acids"
"reduced trans fatty acids"
"trans fatty acids-reduced"
Note: "trans fatty acids" may be substituted with "trans fat" or "trans" in the above claims
"less trans fatty acids"
"less trans fat"
"lower trans fatty acids"
"lower trans fat"
"lower in trans fatty acids"
"lower in trans fat"
"fewer trans fatty acids"

(1) The food is processed, formulated, reformulated or otherwise modified, without increasing the content of saturated fatty acids, so that it contains at least 25% less trans fatty acids
(a) per reference amount of the food, than the reference amount of a similar reference food; or
(b) per 100 g, than 100 g of a similar reference food, if the food is a prepackaged meal.
(2) The similar reference food does not meet the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "low in saturated fatty acids" (item (b) of Summary Table of Saturated Fatty Acid Claims).

The following are identified:
(a) the similar reference food (definition);
(b) the amounts of the food and the similar reference food being compared, if those amounts are not equal; and
(c) the difference in trans fatty acids with the similar reference food, expressed by percentage or fraction or in grams per serving of stated size.
(See Comparative Nutrient Content Claims for more information.)
See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 23

c) Lower in trans fatty acids
"lower in trans fatty acids"
"lower trans fatty acids"
"less trans fatty acids"
Note: "trans fatty acids" may be substituted with "trans fat" or "trans" in the above claims
"fewer trans fatty acids"

(1) The food contains at least 25% less trans fatty acids and the content of saturated fatty acids is not higher
(a) per reference amount of the food, than the reference amount of a reference food of the same food group; or
(b) per 100 g, than 100 g of a reference food of the same food group, if the food is a prepackaged meal.
(2) The reference food of the same food group does not meet the conditions set out in column 2 of the subject "low in saturated fatty acids" (item (b) of Summary Table of Saturated Fatty Acid Claims).

The following are identified:
(a) the reference food of the same food group (definition);
(b) the amounts of the food and the reference food of the same food group being compared, if those amounts are not equal; and
(c) the difference in trans fatty acids compared to the reference food of the same food group, expressed by percentage or fraction or in grams per serving of stated size.
(See Comparative Nutrient Content Claims for more information.)
See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

 
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