Notice to industry – Pre-publication of regulatory changes for Food Labelling Modernization

The Government of Canada has announced that proposed changes to labelling requirements in the Food and Drug Regulations and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have been pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

The proposals were developed following extensive consultations with industry, and other stakeholders, through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Food Labelling Modernization initiative. Your input helped us get to this point and we invite your views on the proposed regulatory changes.

The aim of the proposed changes

The changes seek to promote industry innovation and create flexibility to respond to future needs in an evolving food environment by:

  • aligning with international standards and key trading partners to facilitate market access
  • amending outdated and unnecessary regulations
  • supporting outcome-based approaches
  • incorporating documents by reference

What changes are proposed

To see what's proposed, check out:

For more information, you can also view the Questions and Answers.

We want to hear what you think, including your views on acceptable statements for origin labelling of imported foods

A proposed transition period for industry

To ensure industry is given adequate time to make any labelling changes, a phased-in transition period is proposed to reflect industry readiness. We want to hear your thoughts on this.

Industry should take note there is intention to align the December 2022 transition period with CFIA's labelling changes for beer and vodka, as well as Health Canada Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients amendments. Currently, industry has until December 2021 to implement Health Canada's changes but this date would be extended to December 2022 as part of the final publication of regulatory changes under CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization initiative, planned for summer 2020.

CFIA will host webinars

CFIA is organizing webinars to provide information on the proposed changes to industry and other stakeholders and give you the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

If you want to participate, please register here.

Send us your comments

We welcome your feedback on all the proposed changes. Please email, mail, or fax your comments by September 4, 2019. Correspondence should indicate "FLM CG1 Comments" in the subject line.

By email: cfia.labellingmodernization-modernisationetiquetage.acia@canada.ca

By mail:
Director, Consumer Protection and Market Fairness Division
Food Safety and Consumer Protection Directorate
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 2, Floor 6
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y9

By fax: 613-773-5603

Additional information

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