Canada Food Guide: Government intends to renew guidelines for foodstuffs

The Canadian government has announced the revision of the "Canada Food Guide". A new, more comprehensive strategy will now also regulate the advertisement and labeling of foodstuffs.
Packs of cookies on a conveyor belt.
The regulations for the labeling of foodstuffs in Canada are changing.

Canada is renowned for clean, safe and healthy food. Nevertheless, Minister of Health Jane Philpott has announced that the already strict guidelines are to be revised. According to the Minister, Canada's current guidelines for foodstuffs no longer meet the needs of the population. This is a result of demographic developments and changing lifestyles.

New regulations for packaging

Labeling guidelines for packaging will also be changed. As a result, in future consumers will be able to see on the packaging how much sodium, sugar and saturated fats a product contains.

As part of these changes, Canada will also revise the labeling guidelines for products aimed at children and young people. Canada is following the World Health Organization (WHO), which in 2010 recommended stricter regulation of the marketing of food and drink for children and young people.

Swiss SMEs that export foodstuffs to Canada will have to meet the new guidelines. The new guidelines are expected to come into force in 2019.

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