Ah sure, you expect to take in meals that is wholesome, fresh, and safe when you pick and open up that can of green beans that you find on your neighborhood store buys shelf if you live in Canada. Perfectly, expect a real changes in the brand on that can of green beans and in other packaged food items that you will buy in shopping stores across Canada beginning on December 14 of this year! Labels of Canadian food items are about to become much more customers friendly! You’re going to learn more about this by reading more!
Packaged and Canned Food Labels are About to reveal actuality!
Canadian Food makers Must Be Completely trusted from this time on!
You take the nutritional information and facts on containers regarding all of the ingredients – hidden and visible – that are in the food that they contain as gospel. The same pertains to packaged foods! But what if that loaf of whole grain bread actually had processed contents and hidden sweets? Would you be feeling angry and fooled? Without a doubt!
Canada’s new food labeling laws, the ones that will be enforced as of December 14, 2022, now require all food manufacturers to standardize amounts of food every container. For example, a can of kidney beans must have the same levels and quantities of servings as a can of canned fruits.
The Serving Sizes Should Reflect Real Meal Sizes
Starting in December, any manufacturer who sells canned and/or packaged foods must list serving sizes in the quantities that Canadians actually eat them in. For example, if the typical Canadian eats 4 ounces of a granola bar at one sitting, then packaged granola bars must state that a typical serving size of the products that they sell is 4 ounces.
The Wording Must be Readable
Products manufacturers who want to sell processed items in Canada must make the print styles and ink of their printed serving sizes larger, thicker, and easier to read. It especially refers to total calories and serving sizes that the packaged foods contain.
Also, all calories listed on labels must be underlined so that they are obvious.
Newest Canadian labeling laws require food manufacturers to list daily nutritional values in percentages. The percentages must also be based on the most relevant and factual numbers that come from actual scientific research.
The total amount of all kinds of sugar that packaged and canned foods contain must be listed in percentages. Also, these values must be based on the most relevant and factual numbers that are from actual scientific research.
All the Nutrition Must be Detailed
Before, food manufacturers were allowed to leave certain secondary nutrients like potassium out. These days, they have to list these nutrients. On an interesting note, the new Canadian labeling laws require food manufacturers to drop obvious nutrients that have been listed for many years. Many of these include certain vitamins, like Vitamins A & C.
Specific minerals and metals like potassium, iron, and ore must be listed in accurate milligram amounts. Brands must also include certain adjectives to detail the daily nutritional value that a certain packaged or canned item of food has. It is believed to help the consumer better understand the amount of nutrition that the particular items offers him or her. A good example is: 2% is not much, 17% is a lot.
Substances Must be Listed properly and Must be Easily Understood
All ingredients that include any type of refined sugar – either refined or natural – must be listed in brackets and follow the known labeling of “sugars!” All food dyes must be indexed by names that Canadians would easily understand.
In addition, all ingredients must be listed in a font size and type that is easy to read. Resources must either be listed as bullets or separated by commas. Canadians will have an easier time learning about the ingredients as they rapidly scan them. Most ingredients must be listed in title case.
All food items that contain artificial ingredients that can cause allergies or certain lasting, delicate health problems must be listed as follows:
● Food allergens
Food Labeling is About to Become Safer and More Specific
Food manufacturers are required to use certain containers of determined and standardized sizes when they can and/or package their processed foods. Furthermore, similar ingredients must be listed in the same class. For example, an item that has sunflower, canola, and peanut oils must have these oils listed under ” edible oils!”
The new food labeling laws also apply to items with similar ingredients. For instance, ingredient imitation will no longer be allowed in food labels. Companies that are introducing new items to the market must follow the same labeling rules that companies that market well-established foods are required to.
Packaged and canned foods are also about to become less dangerous to consume since all of these types of food items must come with a date that lists the day that they don’t spoil, and the day that they were manufactured. Now, this rule only applies to food items that have a rack life of three months or less.
Companies must be more transparent. For example, the new labeling laws require all companies to list their addresses, phone numbers, emails, and websites. It will make it much easier for Canadians to understand just how safe and nutritious the foods that they eat really are!
Plus, all companies that are not headquartered in Canada must list the country and state/province which the food items that they sell were processed and canned/packaged in. Packaged and canned items must also list all ingredients exactly as they are and not as items.
As time goes by, all canned and processed foods must have the same text type, size, and font so that Canadians will have an easier time reading them when in a hurry. Furthermore, all key ingredients and flavoring agents will need to be listed in exact percentage amounts.
Food Labeling is About to Get Much More Translucent
Currently, there is still some mystery for Canadians as to the canned, bottled, and packaged food items that they are actually buying and their real ingredients,. Canada’s new food labeling laws that are planned to go into effect later this year are poised to make food labeling much more transparent. Canadian lawmakers feel that this is one step closer towards their ultimate goal of making foods as nutritious and safe as possible for all Canadians to eat!