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  • Health Canada Proposes to Remove Authorization for Brominated Vegetable Oil
  • Health Canada Steps Up CCCR Labeling Recalls

    Manufacturers and distributors of household cleaners and similar chemically-based consumer products sold in Canada should be aware of an uptick in recalls by Health Canada for violations of the labeling requirements of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR) under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). The CCCR establishes detailed product classification criteria...

  • Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Labelling Outcome CCFL47

    This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, June 2023, p. 26-34. The 47th meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Com­mittee on Food Labelling (CCFL47) was held mid-May 2023 in Gatineau/Ottawa, Canada. CCFL47 advanced its food labelling international standard­isation work on the revision of the list of allergens of global relevance for mandatory declaration (to...

  • Proposed Changes to the Canadian Feed Ingredients Table

    In addition, the updated CFIT reflects all SIFs that were added or modified as a result of the regular SIF approval process subsequent to the earlier public consultation on the updated Feeds Regulations. 

  • Canada Updates Table of Reference Amounts for Food

    On November 24, 2022, Health Canada updated the Table of Reference Amounts for Food based on new consumption data and market trends, and to address gaps in certain food categories. In particular, the update (1) modifies or adds new reference amount categories and product examples, (2) provides additional instructions for the serving of stated size...

  • Canada Updates Table of Reference Amounts for Food

    On November 24, 2022, Health Canada updated the Table of Reference Amounts for Food based on new consumption data and market trends, and to address gaps in certain food categories. In particular, the update (1) modifies or adds new reference amount categories and product examples, (2) provides additional instructions for the serving of stated size...

  • Canada Establishes New Maximum Levels for Arsenic in Certain Foods

    On August 17, effective immediately, Health Canada announced the addition of the following two maximum levels (MLs) for inorganic arsenic to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Food, which is incorporated by reference into the Food and Drug Regulations: A ML of 0.1 ppm (100 ppb) for inorganic arsenic in rice-based foods...

  • Health Canada Issues Front-Of-Pack Labeling Regulation

    As part of Canada’s comprehensive “Healthy Eating Strategy” aimed at helping Canadians make more healthful food choices, Health Canada has published new front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labeling regulations covering pre-packaged foods that meet certain dietary thresholds.  See Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling. The new FOP features a magnifying glass and a dual language warning if a product is...

  • Cattle Industry Urges Health Canada to Reconsider Front-of-Package Proposed Rule

    As previously reported on this blog, Health Canada published proposed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Food and Drugs Act (Nutrition Symbols, Other Labelling Provisions, Partially Hydrogenated Oils and Vitamin D) in 2018.  A key part of Health Canada’s proposed rule is Front-of-Package (FOP) labeling requirements aimed to assist consumers in making healthy eating...

  • Health Canada and CFIA Launch Consultation on Development of Voluntary Guidance re Food Information to be Provided for Foods Sold Through E-Commerce

    Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that they are seeking feedback on the development of voluntary guidance for providing information for foods that are sold to consumers through e-commerce. Although all information provided on e-commerce platforms must be truthful and not misleading, Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations and the Safe Food...

  • Canada Publishes Dietary Guidelines Resource

    On May 3, Canada published a new food guide resource, “Applying Canada’s Dietary Guidelines,” which provides information to help support the implementation of the food guide in policies and programs across the country. The guide builds on Canada’s Dietary Guidelines and is intended to assist health professionals and policy makers when (1) providing advice about...

  • New Supplemented Foods Framework in Canada

    Proposed New Regulatory Framework for Supplemented Foods in Canada Prepackaged foods marketed in Canada as providing specific physiological or health effects, based on containing one or more added supplemental ingredients, e.g., vitamins, minerals, amino acids, caffeine, and herbal ingredients, are called “supplemented foods.”  Supplemented foods, including beverages with added minerals,...

  • FDA Report on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Onions

     The largest Salmonella outbreak in over a decade occurred last year when illness from Salmonella Newport associated with consumption of red onions from the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley in California was reported in 1,127 people in the U.S. and 515 people in Canada between June 19, 2020 and September 11, 2020.  Red...

  • Canada Sets Import Conditions for US Romaine Lettuce

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced  that it is temporarily imposing import restrictions on romaine lettuce grown in the U.S.  CFIA specifies a number of ways to demonstrate that the romaine is suitable for importation, such as documenting that the romaine does not originate from the Salinas Valley of California or providing a certificate...

  • Health Canada Requests Data to Modify the Lists of Permitted Food Additives for Certain Food Flavouring Preparations

    In a March 9 email to stakeholders, Health Canada’s Food Directorate requested data in regard to food additives in certain food flavouring preparations. The Food Directorate is responsible for assessing health risks and benefits, setting standards, policies and regulations, and providing advice and information regarding the safety and nutritional quality of food. In Canada, all...

  • Health Canada Urged to Allow the Term “Potassium Salt” on Food Labels

    In a letter to Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), a number of health advocacy groups, food manufacturers, and food retailers have urged regulators to allow “potassium salt” to be used as a permitted synonym for potassium chloride on food labels.  As reported by FoodNavigator, the group argued that the addition of...

  • Canada Expands Use of Fines for Food Safety Noncompliance

       Under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act and Regulations (AAAMPR), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may issue an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) as an enforcement measure to encourage compliance with Canada’s food safety laws and regulations.  The meat sector has been subject to AMPs since 2015. The AAAMPR was amended per...

  • Canada’s New “Food Guide” Does Not Include Separate Dairy Category

    Canada has released its updated “Food Guide” for 2019.  Later this year, Health Canada will release Part II of the Guide, which will include descriptions of healthy eating habits with recommendations on amounts and types of foods in a balanced diet.  While the changes as a whole shift the focus of the guide to a...

  • New Canadian Food Safety Law Takes Effect in One Week

    The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will become effective one week from today, on January 15, 2019. As previously reported on this blog, Canada proposed these regulations in January 2017 to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was adopted on June 7, 2012. The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations were published...

  • Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in California

    As we reported on this blog last week, FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local agencies, were investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that was likely linked to romaine lettuce. On November 20, the CDC advised consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce, and...

  • Canada’s New Regulatory Framework for Vaping Products

    On May 23, 2018, Bill S-5 (“An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts”) became law in Canada, representing a major shift in Canada’s regulatory framework, as the Bill establishes a nationalized approach to the regulation of vaping products and tobacco products through...

  • State Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over ‘Made With Real Ginger’ Claim

    Dr Pepper Hit With Suit Over Real Ginger Campaign – Law360 (subscription to Law360 required) Janet Childers, the named plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit in Texas, alleges that labels claiming ‘Made with Real Ginger’ on Canada Dry Ginger Ale are misleading because the product contains no real ginger.  Childers further alleges that the...

  • Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

    Last week, we published a blog post regarding a proposed bill in the United States Senate that would provide more autonomy to individual States in regulating marijuana.  On June 20, 2018, Canada passed Bill C-45, which legalizes and strictly regulates cannabis in Canada. The national minimum purchase age will be 18, but provinces and territories will be able...

  • Health Canada Publishes Proposed Front-of-Package Labeling Regulations and Launches Stakeholder Consultation

    As previously reported on this blog, Health Canada recently announced revisions to food labeling requirements as a part of the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada. One of the key initiatives under the Strategy is Front-of-Package (FOP) labeling for foods that are high in nutrients designated by the agency as being of public health concern: saturated...

  • Colorado Rejects Latest COOL Measure

    As previously covered on this blog, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for beef products have long been the subject of controversy and challenge, culminating in: (1) a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the COOL requirements violate U.S. trade obligations to Canada and Mexico and (2) Congress repealing COOL for beef and pork as...

  • Cattlemen Groups Urge USDA to Require Country-of-Origin Labeling for Imported Beef and Pork

    As previously covered on this blog, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for beef products have long been the subject of controversy and challenge, culminating in: (1) a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the COOL requirements violate U.S. trade obligations to Canada and Mexico and (2) Congress repealing COOL for beef and pork as...

  • Colorado Legislators Propose Stronger Version of COOL

    As previously covered on this blog, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for beef products have long been the subject of controversy and challenge, culminating in: (1) a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the COOL requirements violate U.S. trade obligations to Canada and Mexico and (2) Congress repealing COOL as of December 21, 2015....

  • Canada Moving Forward on Front-of-Pack Labeling

    Pursuant to its mandate under the Food and Drugs Act, Health Canada is responsible for setting safety and nutritional quality standards for all foods sold in Canada.  Health Canada achieves this goal by setting standards under the Food and Drug Regulations which are enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. On October 24, 2016, Canada’s...

  • CFIA Launches DNA-based Projects to Boost Fruit Plant Trade

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) oversees food safety, animal health and plant health regulatory programs in Canada. The CFIA works with federal, provincial and territorial science organizations, industry, universities and other partners across Canada to support and develop science that contributes to evidence-based decisions that aim to protect Canada’s food, animal and plant resources.

  • Health Canada Proposes Updates to Canada’s Food Guide

    Pursuant to its mandate under the Food and Drugs Act, Health Canada is responsible for setting safety and nutritional quality standards for all foods sold in Canada.  Health Canada achieves this goal by setting standards under the Food and Drug Regulations which are enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. On October 24, 2016, Canada’s...

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