Federal Government Launches Public Consultations on Changes to Food Labels

July 22, 2014

 

Federal Government Launches Public Consultations on Changes to Food Labels

 

Owen Sound, ON – Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is encouraging all consumers in Bruce and Grey counties to participate in a recently launched series of public consultations on proposed changes to improve the way nutrition information is presented on nutrition labels.

 

The Federal Government recently announced several proposed changes to nutrition labels. The changes target the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients that must appear in the table and the Daily Values. They include changing how ingredients are listed, including grouping sugars together, so consumers have a clearer picture of how much sugar is added to the food and ultimately make the label easier to read. Another key proposal is to provide guidelines to industry to make the serving sizes displayed in the Nutrition Facts table more consistent among similar products. These proposed changes reflect feedback from parents and consumers during previous consultations.

 

“I strongly encourage all parents and consumers to participate in this consultation process to provide important feedback to the Government on the proposed changes to food labels in Canada,” said Miller. “As consumers, we will all be affected by these changes. Sharing your opinion on the changes will ensure that we have a system that works for everyone.”

 

Changing the way nutrition information is presented on food labels was part of the Government’s 2013 Speech from the Throne. Documents outlining the proposed changes are attached with this release.

 

Submissions will be accepted until September 11th, 2014 and can be submitted at; http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/minist/messages/_2014/2014_07_14-eng.php

 

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