Notice of Health Canada’s Proposal Regarding the Buffer Zone Between the Front-of-Package Nutrition Symbol

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Background

Health Canada’s Food Directorate has considered industry’s comments that displaying both the front-of-package (FOP) nutrition symbol and the supplemented food caution identifier (SFCI) on supplemented foods occupies a significant portion of the space available on a label. In addition, prepackaged products that contain an assortment of foods may be required to carry more than one FOP nutrition symbol and/or the SFCI. The Directorate concluded that the Directory of Nutrition Symbol Specifications and Directory of Supplemented Food Caution Identifier Specifications should be amended to permit a buffer as small as 0 mm between the FOP nutrition symbol and the SFCI, or between nutrition symbols on prepackaged products that contain an assortment of foods, where they share a border as described in the Notice of proposal information document referenced below.

The purpose of this communication is to publicly announce the Department’s intention in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to provide feedback on this proposal.

Information document(s)

Notice of proposal with regard to the buffer zone between the front-of-package nutrition symbol and the supplemented food caution identifier or between nutrition symbols – Reference Number: NOP/ADP SFCI-001

Contact information

Anyone wishing to submit feedback on this proposal or to submit inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words “FOP-SFCI Buffer Zone (NOP SFCI-001)” in the subject line of your e-mail. Health Canada is able to consider information received by November 5, 2023, 75 days from the date of this posting.

Supplemented Foods: Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney’s Pasture, A.L.: 2203E
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
E-mail: supplementedfoods-alimentssupplementes@hc-sc.gc.ca

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