Monday, July 28, 2014

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Give your input on national food labeling plan

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

ark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon is encouraging area residents to have their say on the Government of Canada’s proposed changes to Nutrition Facts Table located on prepackaged foods.

 

“By making the nutrition labels easier to understand we’re helping moms and dads make good choices about the foods they buy and prepare for their families,” said Strahl.

 

The proposed changes are to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients that must appear in the table, and to the Daily Values. 

 

It also includes changing how ingredients are listed, including grouping sugars together, so parents and consumers have a clearer picture of how much sugar is added to the food and the label is easier to read. 

 

Finally, 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 consultations are part of a broader commitment made by the Government of Canada during the 2013 Speech from the Throne to consult with Canadians on how to improve the way nutrition information is presented on food labels.

 

The online public consultations will run for 60 days from July 14 to September 11, 2014.

 

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