Policy Change

Menu and Food Package Labelling

Senate Obesity Report Should Breathe Life into Industry- and Policy-fuelled Health Problems (Acrobat 244k)
—March 1, 2016

Joint-statement to the World Health Organization re conflicts of interest (Acrobat 194k)
—January 25, 2016

Comment on Ontario draft menu label regulation (Acrobat 666k)
—October 26, 2015

New Federal Government Promises Transformative Change in Public Health Law & Public Interest Science (Acrobat 187k)
—October 20, 2015

Ontario Government Menu Label Proposal Could Nudge Diners, Esp. Kids, to Eat More Food, Salt (Acrobat 105k)
—September 11, 2015

Submission to Health Canada re nutrition labelling for public health impact (Acrobat 1136k)
—August 26, 2015

Final webinar agenda, speaker bios, and links to PPT slides for Nutrition Labelling for Public Health Impact. Is the Health Canada Proposal Up to the Job? (Acrobat 375k)
—August 6, 2015

The Science of NuVal by Sarah O'Connor (Acrobat 2682k)
—August 5, 2015

Not So Sweet, Not So Fast: Shaking-up sugar, free sugars and carbohydrates on the label by Jodi T. Bernstein, RD, MPH, BASc, PhD Candidate and (Acrobat 1067k)
—August 5, 2015

Nutrition Labelling in Chile by Sebastian Pena Fajuri, Medico (MD), MSc International Health
—August 5, 2015

Nutrition Labelling in Chile by Marcia Erazo, DrPH, MSc
—August 5, 2015

Nutrition Labelling in Ecuador by Wilma B. Freire, PhD (Acrobat 866k)
—August 5, 2015

Salty Shakedown by Norm Campbell, CM, MD, FRCPC
—August 5, 2015

Health Canada Proposal on Labelling Foods with Added Colours by Lisa Lefferts, MSPH (Acrobat 500k)
—August 5, 2015

Nutrition Labelling for Public Health Impact by Bill Jeffery, LLB (Acrobat 3776k)
—August 5, 2015

Government of Canada Nutrition Label Proposal
—June 13, 2015

Advocating for Changes to Public Health Nutrition Laws (Acrobat 11147k)
—June 13, 2015

Health Canada Food Label Reforms Promise Puny Impact (Acrobat 118k)
—June 12, 2015

Joint-Statement of experts and health groups about nutrition labelling for public health impact (Acrobat 292k)
—May 29, 2015

Ontario MPPs Pass Menu Labelling Bill (Calories Without Sodium) in Hastily Called Vote (Acrobat 462k)
—May 27, 2015

Government Committee MPPs Vote to Require Calories on Restaurant Menus by January 1, 2017, Dismiss Expert and Public calls for Sodium Disclosure (Acrobat 314k)
—April 27, 2015

Agenda CSPI Nutrition labelling for public health impact webinar (Acrobat 161k)
—April 23, 2015

Bill Jeffery on Nutrition labelling for public Health Impact (Acrobat 5576k)
—April 23, 2015

Benn McGrady on international trade law and nutrition labelling (Acrobat 130k)
—April 23, 2015

Mary L'abbe on Front of pack labelling an emerging perspecitve on public health nutrition (Acrobat 2332k)
—April 23, 2015

Peter_Scarborough on Traffic Light Labelling and the Public Health Potential of interpretative Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 1200k)
—April 23, 2015

David Katz on NuVal Front of Pack Labelling (Acrobat 2978k)
—April 23, 2015

Technical Brief on Restaurant Menu Labelling to the Standing Committee on General Government of the Ontario Legislative Assembly (Acrobat 311k)
—April 21, 2015

Proposed revisions to Bill 45, the Making Healthier Choices Act (Acrobat 364k)
—April 10, 2015

Ontario MPPs Vote to Advance Government Calorie-Labelling Bill to Committee Review Where Adding Sodium Disclosure Will be Key Question (Acrobat 258k)
—April 2, 2015

[Health Canada proposal for food] Label changes conflict with World Health Organization sugar advice--Canadian Medical Association Journal
—March 9, 2015

Minister Damerla Wise to Mandate Calories on Menus at Chains, but Careless to Ignore Sodium (Acrobat 265k)
—March 3, 2015

Letter to Minister of Health concerning nutrition labelling and free sugars
in english en français
—February 27, 2015

Technical brief to the Senate Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Acrobat 436k)
—February 5, 2015

Deputation to Toronto Board of Health re restaurant menu labelling (Acrobat 296k)
—January 19, 2015

CSPI submission to Health Canada re proposal for nutrition label reforms (Acrobat 1393k)
—September 12, 2014

Joint-submission in response to the Health Canada nutrition labelling proposal (Acrobat 486k)
—September 12, 2014

BC Government 2013 review of Informed Dining Program (Acrobat 813k)
—September 2, 2014

Statement on Menu Labelling at Hotel de ville, Montreal, Quebec (Acrobat 282k)
—August 14, 2014

U.N. General Assembly Renews Vows to Tackle Food, Tobacco, Alcohol, Inactivity-related Disease (Acrobat 191k)
—July 11, 2014

Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (Acrobat 192k)
—July 10, 2014

Call for ensuring primacy of health in trade deals and safeguards against conflicts of interest in addresses diseases caused by marketing of food, alcohol, tobacco (Acrobat 2015k)
—July 4, 2014

Comments on World Health Organization's Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children (Acrobat 299k)
—March 31, 2014

Minister Matthews Wise to Mandate Calories on Restaurant Menus, but Cynical to Ignore Sodium (Acrobat 221k)
—February 24, 2014

Ontario Legislature Advances Legislation to Require Sodium & Calories on Chain Restaurant Menus (Acrobat 210k)
—February 20, 2014

Media Comment on Proposed Legislation to Require Sodium & Calories on Restaurant Menus (Acrobat 236k)
—February 20, 2014

Joint statement calling for mandating nutrition information on chain-restaurant menus (Acrobat 417k)
—February 20, 2014

Bill 149 (re sodium and calorie labelling on restaurant menus and restricting the marketing of flavoured tobacco products)
—December 5, 2013

Submission to Ontario Minister of Health re menu labelling and marketing to children (Acrobat 345k)
—November 15, 2013

CSPI Looks Forward to Renewed Federal Government Interest in Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 122k)
—October 16, 2013

Letter to Federal Minister of Health: Ensure that the “Food Label Modernization” initiative includes health and nutrition issues to protect families, save health care resources, and raise workforce productivity by disease prevention (Acrobat 1228k)
—October 16, 2013

Queen’s Park Pledge for Law to Curb Marketing to Kids and Require Calories, etc. on Chain Restaurant Menus Sounds Like a Public Health Winner (Acrobat 251k)
—October 9, 2013

Comment on CBC's The Fifth Estate program, The Secrets of Sugar (Acrobat 256k)
—October 7, 2013

Conflict of Interest Coalition Statement of Concern (Acrobat 164k)
—September 21, 2013

Implementing the Healthy Kids Panel report, No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy (Acrobat 419k)
—August 27, 2013

Technical Brief to the Honourable Charles Sousa, MPP, Ontario Minister of Finance (Acrobat 722k)
—August 27, 2013

Discussion Paper for Food Labelling Modernization initiative (Acrobat 589k)
—June 7, 2013

Outcome of vote on Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
—May 9, 2013

Parliament Kills Life- and Money-Saving Sodium Reduction Bill by 147-122 Vote (Acrobat 183k)
—May 8, 2013

Results of vote on Bill C-460 coming soon at Parliament of Canada website
in english en français
—May 8, 2013

Report Reveals 4-year Voluntary Sodium Performance Meagre As Parliament Votes Today on Sodium-Reduction Bill (Acrobat 169k)
—May 8, 2013

Salty To A Fault: A 4 year follow-up report (Acrobat 2566k)
—May 8, 2013

Inadequate voluntary sodium-reduction progress at restaurants illustrates the need to pass Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act in the May 8, 2013 vote. (Acrobat 362k)
—May 6, 2013

Toronto Board of Health decision to propose mandatory menu labelling at City Council if provincial government does not commit to an Ontario-wide requirement by September 2013
—April 29, 2013

Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act, 2013
—April 29, 2013

Urge your MP to support Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
in english en français
—April 29, 2013

Testimony to Toronto Board of Health about calorie and sodium labelling on menus at chain restaurants (Acrobat 296k)
—April 29, 2013

Toronto Public Health staff report on menu labelling to the Toronto Board of Health
—April 25, 2013

What's on the Menu? A technical report by Toronto Public Health
—April 25, 2013

CSPI Calls on Premiers to Support Federal Sodium-Reduction Bill (Acrobat 162k)
—April 22, 2013

Updated Bill C-460 Joint-Statement (Acrobat 852k)
—April 22, 2013

Letter to Council of Federation urging premiers to support federal sodium bill (Acrobat 233k)
—April 22, 2013

Petition to the House of Commons in Support of Bill C-460 (Acrobat 229k)
—March 4, 2013

Debate on Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Peppered with Myths (Acrobat 110k)
—February 4, 2013

Debate on Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
in english (Acrobat 160k) en français (Acrobat 171k)
—February 1, 2013

Debate Begins in Parliament on Bill to Implement Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 110k)
—January 31, 2013

Joint-statement of support for Bill C-460 endorsed by health groups and experts (Acrobat 580k)
—January 31, 2013

Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, 2010
—November 6, 2012

Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act, 2012
—November 6, 2012

Federal Bill Proposes to Implement Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 113k)
—November 6, 2012

The Healthy Decisions Made Easy, 2012
—October 2, 2012

Conflicts of Interest in International Disease Prevention Policy-Making (Acrobat 187k)
—September 27, 2012

Technical Brief: Hearings of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on Bill S-11, The Healthy Food for Canadians Act (Acrobat 299k)
—September 27, 2012

Ammoniated caramel colouring in cola beverages (Acrobat 276k)
—June 28, 2012

Guidance for the Food Industry on Reducing Sodium in Processed Foods
—June 8, 2012

Bill C-430, An Act to amend the Competition Act and the Food and Drugs Act (child protection against advertising exploitation)
—June 6, 2012

United Nations Food Law Body Advances Global Standard for Mandatory Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 234k)
—May 18, 2012

Submission to the (United Nations WHO/FAO) Codex Committee on Food Labelling re Mandatory Nutrition Labelling on the Back (and Front) of Packages (Acrobat 69k)
—May 14, 2012

Bill 86, Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act, An Act to amend the Health Protection and Promotion Act to require a food service premise to provide nutritional information
—May 8, 2012

News release re Ottawa and Toronto menu labelling initiatives (Acrobat 130k)
—May 8, 2012

Media statement re the introduction of calorie/sodium menu-labelling bill in Ontario Legislative Assembly (Acrobat 153k)
—May 8, 2012

Deposition to Ottawa Board of Health re Menu Labelling (Acrobat 171k)
—May 7, 2012

Writing on the Wall--Executive Summary (Acrobat 461k)
—February 28, 2012

Writing on the Wall--Full Report (Acrobat 11978k)
—February 28, 2012

Media Comment: Writing on the Wall--Time to put nutrition information on restaurant menus (Acrobat 238k)
—February 27, 2012

Technical Brief on Chronic Disease for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (Acrobat 425k)
—February 2, 2012

Coalition letter to Prime Minister Harper urging action on sodium reduction (Acrobat 390k)
—January 6, 2012

Fact Sheet on sodium and health prepared by a coalition for sodium reduction (Acrobat 289k)
—January 6, 2012

Meeting Communique--Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health (Acrobat 95k)
—November 25, 2011

Political Declaration on NCDs in the context of 205 other general assembly resolutions issued since 1946
in english en français
—September 19, 2011

Political Declaration: United Nations High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
in english en français
—September 19, 2011

Xtreme Eating 2011--Big eats...big Canadians (Acrobat 1306k)
—July 19, 2011

Small step forward in global food labelling
—July 12, 2011

Statement of concern on lack of clarity on role of industry for June UN interactive hearing and September UN High Level Meeting 2011
—June 22, 2011

Nutrition advice to the President of the United Nations General Assembly (Acrobat 321k)
—June 15, 2011

World Food Law Body to Negotiate Standards for Mandatory Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 249k)
—May 13, 2011

Comments on international food labelling standards by the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) to the WHO/FAO Codex Food Labelling Committee world annual meeting in Quebec City (Acrobat 89k)
—May 9, 2011

News Release: Carcinogenic Food Dye in Soft Drinks (Acrobat 134k)
—March 31, 2011

Letter to Minister of Health re cancer risk of ammonia process caramel in soft drinks (Acrobat 280k)
—March 31, 2011

Response to questions in Parliament re Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 284k)
—February 15, 2011

Testimony re Healthy Living at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health
in english (Acrobat 258k) en français (Acrobat 264k)
—February 3, 2011

Technical Brief on Healthy Living for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health
in english (Acrobat 401k) en français (Acrobat 413k)
—February 3, 2011

Prime Minister's accomplishments for 2010 include goals for sodium and obesity reduction (Acrobat 100k)
—December 31, 2010

Menu Nutrition Labelling: Excerpt of Key Documents (Acrobat 1103k)
—October 25, 2010

Economic Prevention Dividend: Key References (Acrobat 4573k)
—October 25, 2010

Championing Public Health Nutrition 2010: Conference Registration NOW OPEN!
—August 25, 2010

Toronto Board of Health--Sodium Reduction Strategy
—August 20, 2010

Sodium Working Group: Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 5301k)
—July 29, 2010

Canadian Medical Association: Caffeinating children and youth
—July 26, 2010

Maclean's: Calories Made Visible
—June 14, 2010

Toronto Star Editorial: Clarity on Calories
—June 5, 2010

Globe and Mail: Private member’s bill would require food chains to post calories in Ontario--The province says it is already looking into a similar plan
—June 3, 2010

Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act, 2010
—June 2, 2010

Toronto Sun: Province likes fast food calorie count idea
—June 2, 2010

14 Health and Citizens Groups Support Ontario Bill Requiring Calorie Labelling on Menus at Large Chain-Restaurants (Acrobat 278k)
—June 2, 2010

Comment on the introduction of the Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act, 2010 (Acrobat 139k)
—June 2, 2010

Making Food Labels Effective (Acrobat 1720k)
—May 1, 2010

Bill 3590, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see section 4205)
—March 23, 2010

Ottawa Citizen--Federal agency says low fat foods not always as advertised
—February 3, 2010

Submission to the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (Acrobat 108k)
—January 5, 2010

Letter to Minister of Health, Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, re fine-tuning the food label (Acrobat 939k)
—December 16, 2009

Label Make-Over: What the Label Doesn’t Tell You (Acrobat 788k)
—December 15, 2009

Movie theatre popcorn reviews in December's issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter (Acrobat 2062k)
—November 19, 2009

Health Affairs (Journal): New York City’s Fight Over Calorie Labeling (Acrobat 180k)
—October 6, 2009

Support Ontario Bill 156: IN with calorie info on chain-restaurant menus, and OUT with synthetic trans fats at all restaurants!
—September 30, 2009

Menu Labelling provision in Affordable Health Care for America Act (proposed in US House of Representatives)
—July 14, 2009

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation : Menu Labeling: Does Providing Nut. Info at the Point of Purchase Affect Consumer Behavior
—June 30, 2009

Globe and Mail: It's easy to avoid the 1,100-calorie salad
—April 15, 2009

Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act Moves Forward in Ontario Legislature! (Acrobat 213k)
—April 10, 2009

Toronto Star: Calorie-count bill clears hurdle; But MPP fears lobbying by restaurant industry could prevent proposal from becoming law
—April 10, 2009

Debate and vote on Ontario Bill 156 in Legislative Assembly of Ontario (see pages 6064-6072)
—April 9, 2009

CBC: Health advocates, restaurants fight over Ontario menu-labelling bill
—April 9, 2009

Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Bill Passes First Hurdle in Ontario Legislature! (Acrobat 117k)
—April 9, 2009

Comments on Ontario Bill 156 (calorie labelling on menus and trans fat restrictions for restaurants)
—April 9, 2009

CTV: Ottawa should lead on childhood obesity: [Ontario Premier Dalton] McGuinty
—April 8, 2009

Ontario Medical Association’s Menu Labelling Advice Just What the Doctor Ordered (Acrobat 292k)
—April 7, 2009

US Developments: Menu Labelling
—March 26, 2009

Ontario Bill 156: An Act to amend various acts respecting nutritional information and trans fat content of foods and drinks provided by food service premises
—March 10, 2009

Ottawa Citizen Editorial: Empty Labels
—December 15, 2008

British Medical Journal: The Fattening Truth About Restaurant Food
—November 22, 2008

City of Philadelphia Menu Labelling Ordinance: Bill No. 080167-A
—November 19, 2008

Journal of the American Medical Association: Obesity Prevention in the Information Age
—October 7, 2008

California Menu Labelling Bill: Senate Bill No. 1420
—September 30, 2008

Yale University Rudd Centre: Scientific Studies Related to Menu Labeling
—July 1, 2008

American Journal of Public Health: Purchasing Behavior and Calorie Information at Fast-Food Chains in New York City, 2007
—June 12, 2008

Letter to Canadian Medical Association Journal on Food Labelling Reforms
—April 22, 2008

Simplifying Nutrition Labels and Preventing Deceptive Claims (Response to Health Canada)
—April 14, 2008

Health Canada Consultation : Managing Health Claims for Foods in Canada: Towards a Modernized Framework
—March 31, 2008

Most “Volunteers” in Restaurant Industry’s Nutrition Information Program Stepped Back Two Paces
—January 23, 2008

New York City Board of Health menu labelling rule: Section 81.50 NYC Health Code
—January 22, 2008

Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids report tabled in Parliament
—March 27, 2007

Testimony to House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, regarding traffic-light nutrition labelling on food packages and restaurant menus
—February 21, 2007

Post-Op on Bill C-283 : Put Chicken Little in the Fryer (Acrobat 1697k)
—December 4, 2006

STATEMENT on Parliament's Vote Denying Consumers of Nutrition Info
—November 9, 2006

Briefing to Liberal Party Meeting of Legislative Assistants
in english en français
—November 1, 2006

Statement on Parliament's Debate on Bill C-283 to Improve Food Labels and Menus
—September 19, 2006

Ten Reasons to Support Bill C-283 (food labelling) in the Parliament
in english en français
—September 18, 2006

Speech at World Congress on Public Health
—August 24, 2006

Comments of the International Association of Consumer Food Organization (IAFCO) Concerning the Discussion Paper on Advertising Prepared by the Government of Canada
—May 1, 2006

Comments of the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) to the Codex Food Labelling Committee (CCFL)
—April 11, 2006

Technical Brief to Federal Labour Standards Review (Acrobat 222k)
—October 19, 2005

Comments of the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) to the Codex Food Labelling Committee (CCFL) Regarding the Proposed Amendment to the General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods Quantitative Ingredient Declarations (QUID)
—May 31, 2005

Comments of the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) Concerning the Discussion Paper on Advertising Prepared by the Government of Canada (CL 2004/54-FL) Codex Food Labelling Committee 33rd Session Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
—May 31, 2005

Transcript of House of Commons Standing Committee on Health hearing concerning proposed Bill C-473 proposing a ban on trans fat, and Bill C-398 proposing full nutrition labelling on fresh meat, percentage ingredient declarations on processed foods, and nutrition labelling on menus at chain restaurants. Witnesses included people from McDonald's, Harvey's, Kraft, the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada, the Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and CSPI.
in english en français
—May 13, 2004

Submission of the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations to the Codex Alimentarius Food Labelling Committee concerning the international standard for percentage ingredient labelling
—May 12, 2004

Follow-up letter concerning the CFIA's revised proposal
—September 15, 2003

Response to the CFIA's proposal concerning percentage ingredient declarations on food labels
—May 7, 2003

Consumer Group Praises Bill Requiring Nutrition Information for Fast Food
—February 26, 2003

CSPI Submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care
—November 11, 2002

Health Groups Urge Reform of Food Allergy Labels
—June 12, 2002

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 1448k)
—May 1, 2000

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