Specific Nutrient Content Claim Requirements
Cholesterol Claims

Cholesterol claims are linked with the trans fatty acid content and the saturated fatty acid content of foods.

Summary Table of Cholesterol 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.

This table is a Summary Table of Cholesterol Claims
Column 1
Claim
Column 2
Conditions - Food
Column 3
Conditions - Label or Advertisement
Column 4
FDR Reference

a) Free of Cholesterol
"free of cholesterol"
"cholesterol-free"
"no cholesterol"
"0 cholesterol"
"zero cholesterol"
"without cholesterol"
"contains no cholesterol"

The food
(a) contains less than 2 mg of cholesterol
(i) per reference amount and serving of stated size, or
(ii) per 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.

B.01.401(3)(e)(ii)
Table following B.01.513, item 27

b) Low in cholesterol
"low in cholesterol"
"low cholesterol"
"low source of cholesterol"
"little cholesterol"
"contains only (number) mg of cholesterol per serving"
"contains less than (number) mg of cholesterol per serving"

The food
(a) contains 20 mg or less of cholesterol per
(i) reference amount and serving of stated size and, if the reference amount is 30 g or 30 mL or less, per 50 g, or
(ii) per 100 g, 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).

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

Table following B.01.513, item 28

c) Reduced in Cholesterol
"reduced in cholesterol"
"reduced cholesterol"
"cholesterol- reduced"
"less cholesterol"
"lower cholesterol"
"lower in cholesterol"

(1) The food is processed, formulated, reformulated or otherwise modified so that it contains at least 25% less cholesterol
(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 cholesterol" (item (b) of this table).
(3) The food 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).

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 cholesterol with the similar reference food, expressed by percentage or fraction or in milligrams 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 29

d) Lower in Cholesterol
"lower in cholesterol"
"lower cholesterol"
"less cholesterol"

(1) The food contains at least 25% less cholesterol
(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 cholesterol" (item (b) of this table).
(3) The food 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).

The following are identified:
(a) the reference food of the same food group;
(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 cholesterol with the reference food of the same food group, expressed by percentage or fraction or in milligrams 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 30

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