Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Exemptions to mandatory nutrition labelling. (Health Canada)

 Are there any exemptions to mandatory nutrition labelling?
Do exempted foods ever have Nutrition Facts information?
Is there nutrition information for foods that are not prepackaged?

Click below for answers to these questions.. From the Health Canada Website..






 Are there any exemptions to mandatory nutrition labelling?
The Nutrition Facts table appears on almost all prepackaged foods. Since it is difficult to provide labelling for prepackaged foods under certain conditions, exemptions are allowed for foods such as:
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • raw meat and poultry (except when ground), and raw fish and seafood
  • food products that are prepared from ingredients or from pre-mixes at the place where they are sold
    - examples are bakery items, sausages made at retail
  • products with insignificant amounts of all 13 core nutrients in a normal serving
    - examples are coffee beans, tea leaves, herbs and spices, and food colours
  • alcoholic beverages
  • foods sold at road-side stands, craft shows, flea markets, fairs, farmers' markets and sugar bushes by the same person who made them
  • small amounts of food that have been packaged at the retail establishment and sold on site
  • individual servings of food intended for immediate consumption that have not been subjected to a process to extend their shelf-life
    - examples are packaged sandwiches sold in canteens, vending machines or refrigerated counters
Do exempted foods ever have Nutrition Facts information?
Exempted foods may still have Nutrition Facts on the label. A food will no longer be exempt if a nutrition claim is made, if vitamins or minerals have been added, or if sweeteners, such as aspartame, have been added.
Full exemption (these foods will never lose their exempt status)
is given to the following foods due to packaging constraints:
  • single portions of food served with meals or snacks, such as condiments
  • single pieces of candy that are packaged and sold individually
  • milk and cream sold in refillable glass bottles
Is there nutrition information for foods that are not prepackaged?
Foods that are not prepackaged will not have a Nutrition Facts table. This includes foods that are served or sold in restaurants, cafeterias and take-outs; meats and cheeses sold at a deli counter; and many fresh fruit and vegetables.
However, consumers should be encouraged to look for and request nutrition information. For example, information binders on the nutritional value of vegetables and fruit may be found near produce sections in grocery stores, and reference booklets on the nutrient content of products are sometimes available, on request, at restaurants.


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