Specific Nutrient Content Claim Requirements
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Claims

Nutrient content claims are not permitted for total polyunsaturates or monounsaturates, nor may claims be made about individual fatty acids such as linoleic acid. Only the claims listed in the Summary table of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturates Claims below may be made. However, quantitative statements for fatty acids are permitted, such as "5 g of polyunsaturated fatty acids per serving of 100 g".

Note that the use of quantitative statements may trigger a Nutrition Facts table on the label of a food exempt under B.01.401(2)(a) and (b) of the FDR. Refer to Information Triggered by Quantitative Statements for more information.

Summary Table of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturates 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 Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturates Claims
Column 1
Claim
Column 2
Conditions - Food
Column 3
Conditions - Label or Advertisement
Column 4
FDR Reference

a) Source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
"source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids"
"contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids"
"provides omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids"
Note: "polyunsaturated fatty acids" may be substituted with "polyunsaturated fat" or "polyunsaturates" in the above claims.
 It cannot be stated as "omega-3" without the "polyunsaturates" added. Refer to Implied Nutrient Content Claims for further information.

The food contains:
(a) 0.3 g or more of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids per reference amount and serving of stated size; or
(b) 0.3 g or more of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids per 100 g, if the food is a prepackaged meal.

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

The Nutrition Facts table must include a declaration of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and monounsaturated fatty acids.

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.

[B.01.402 (3) and (4)]
[B.01.401(3)(e)(ii)]
Table following B.01.513, item 25

b) Source of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids
"source of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids"
"contains omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids"
"provides omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids"
Note: "polyunsaturated fatty acids" may be substituted with "polyunsaturated fat" or "polyunsaturates" in the above claims.
It cannot be stated as "omega-6" without the "polyunsaturates" added. Refer to Implied Nutrient Content Claims for further information.

The food contains:
(a) 2 g or more of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids per reference amount and serving of stated size; or
(b) 2 g or more of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids per 100 g, if the food is a prepackaged meal.

See conditions set out for item a) of this table.

Table following B.01.513, item 26

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