New Canadian food ingredient and nutrition labels could be introduced

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Canada’s nutrition labels could soon undergo several changes, and for the next two months the public is being asked to offer feedback on the proposed improvements.

Health Canada says they want the table of data included on prepackaged foods to “reflect the latest scientific information, as well as changing the look of the Nutrition Facts table and the list of ingredients,” with a goal of helping the nation’s consumers “make informed choices when selecting foods for themselves and their families.”

Among the changes would be grouping all of the sugars together so that consumers would have a better overall picture of the total amount of sugar in the product, as well as having the serving sizes displayed be more consistent among similar products. Other elements, like Calories, will be made more prominent.

“Nutrition labelling is an important public health tool that can help Canadians make healthier food choices to improve their health and help reduce their risk of obesity and chronic diseases,” explains Minister of Health Rona Ambrose.

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