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Online survey available on the CFIA website until June 30, 2015

May 22, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback on proposed options to change food labels and the food labelling system. An online survey will be available at until June 30, 2015.

This survey is the second phase of consultations for the CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization initiative. This survey presents specific options for comment, such as revising the format of best before dates, expanding food class names (i.e., "vegetable oil" or "flavour"), and changing the required contact information for food dealers. A summary report of the first consultation phase is available on the CFIA website.

The Government of Canada is working to improve food labelling to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions and support an evolving food sector. Health Canada recently led targeted consultations focussed on the Nutrition Facts table and the legibility of the list of ingredients. The CFIA and Health Canada are working together to improve food labelling. Coordination and integration between Health Canada and the CFIA on these two labelling initiatives are key to implementing changes that will meet consumer and industry needs.

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  • Food labelling is a shared responsibility between Health Canada and the CFIA. Health Canada is responsible for health and safety information on food labels and the CFIA is responsible for all other information, such as best before dates, dealer contact information, and country of origin.
  • The CFIA enforces all federal labelling requirements.

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