Centre for Science in the Public Interest

For the Record

For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2001

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Bill Jeffery

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   Health Canada to Unveil New Nutrition Label, Health Claim Rules for Foods
OTTAWA (June 13, 2001) — Health Canada plans to publish, this Saturday June 16, 2001, proposed regulatory amendments making sweeping changes to food labelling. The amendments will:
  • Require food manufacturers to disclose comprehensive nutrition information on practically all food labels;
  • Establish eligibility criteria for manufacturers to make health claims on food labels; and
  • Tighten rules for making nutrient content claims on labels.

     This week’s edition of the official government publication, Canada Gazette Part I, will formalize the new plans for food labelling that were announced by Minister of Health Allan Rock last October shortly before the federal election was called. After 2 p.m. on Saturday, the full text of the proposed amendments can be viewed on the Internet at: http://www.canada.gc.ca/gazette/gazette_e.html.

     The Ottawa office of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) waged a vigorous four year campaign urging Parliament and Health Canada to establish rules requiring nutrition labelling on all foods sold in Canadian retail stores and to set strict standards preventing the misleading use of health-related marketing claims for foods. To aid its efforts, CSPI assembled a coalition of 17 non-profit groups — the Alliance for Food Label Reform — which pressured the government to act. The coalition represents 2 million Canadian consumers, scientists, physicians, nutritionists, and other health professionals.

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