Food Labelling Modernization initiative

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is continually evolving to meet the challenges of a complex and changing food safety environment – an environment with shared responsibilities for food safety, consumer protection and a fair and secure marketplace. Other government organizations are also modernizing in this area, including Health Canada which shares food labelling responsibility with CFIA.

Objective

The objective of the Food Labelling Modernization initiative is to develop a more modern food labelling system that responds to current and future challenges. The initiative was launched in 2013 when we first sought input from a broad range of stakeholders on key proposals to improve our food labelling system. The aim of Food Labelling Modernization is to:

  • improve access to information about food labelling to help consumers make informed decisions about the food they buy for themselves and their families
  • protect Canadians from potentially misleading information, while enhancing opportunities for industry to be competitive
  • respond more effectively to consumer, industry and government needs in the area of food labelling that is specific to CFIA's mandate

CFIA is committed to strengthening Canada's world-class food safety system, including consumer protection. This commitment was reinforced by the passage of the Safe Food for Canadians Act. The Act sets the stage for modernizing Canada's system on food safety and consumer protection, which are key parts of CFIA's transformation agenda.

CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization initiative supports the Government of Canada's commitment to regulatory reform focussed on supporting innovation under Budget 2018 and the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.

Latest information

On June 22, 2019, the Government of Canada published proposed changes to labelling requirements in the Food and Drug Regulations and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, under the Food Labelling Modernization initiative, in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

CFIA is consulting on these proposed changes for a 75-day period. The consultation ends on September 4, 2019.

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