SPS notification no. G/SPS/N/CAN/1084 dated 13th December 2016 issued by Canada concerning food labelling.

Draft Regulation:


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued this notification announcing the recent developments in the Food Labelling Modernization initiative. The CFIA has launched a public consultation on key proposals related to Food Label Modernization via an online discussion paper and questionnaire. This questionnaire will be open until 28 February 2017. CFIA is looking for feedback on key proposals, which include modernizing regulations and establishing a new approach to truthful and not misleading food labelling. Responses received as a result of this consultation will be considered in drafting the regulations. Once the regulations are developed, Canada will notify the draft measure through the World Trade Organization (WTO).


This consultation has been notified under the TBT Agreement (G/TBT/N/CAN/506).


In our understanding, the agency has listed out the stakeholders' feedback which was received through the earlier engagements. The feedbacks concern the


  1. 1.       Best before date
  2. 2.       Display of list of ingredients
  3. 3.       Dealer name and address
  4. 4.       Country of origin
  5. 5.       Listing claims and pictures
  6. 6.       Ingredient list class names


In our understanding, the ingredients lists, nutrition, health claims are likely to receive more attention from the agency. Based on stakeholder's feedback to the agency, it is derived that the Canadian labelling norms, in future, may mirror the US and other international trading partners. Click the link for details: http://inspection.gc.ca/food/labelling/labelling-modernization-initiative/summary-report-phase-ii/eng/1475868232673/1475868233456

Further, the CFIA states that it is working closely with the Health Canada to modernize food labelling through this Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative. It covers labelling for all types of foods. The agency states that, in 2014, the Health Canada has conducted a consultation on nutrition labelling. Besides, the agency discusses its engagement plans with the stakeholders at various stages. In order to gain a better understanding on its initiatives, the agency has listed out the objective of modernizing food labelling as follows:


  1. 1.       Improved safety oversight with stronger food safety, nutrition and labelling rules and programs
  2. 2.       Informed choice for consumers, including improving the way that nutrition information is presented on labels and through modernized food standards
  3. 3.       More effective inspection and a renewed commitment to service
  4. 4.       Better international market opportunities for industry


Currently, the agency is requesting comments for the survey. Click the link for details:


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