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    June 21, 2024

    Creating Compliant Canada Nutrition Facts Tables with Genesis Foods

    Navigating the intricacies of food labelling regulations in Canada is essential for ensuring compliance and building consumer trust. Health Canada mandates that prepackaged foods provide clear and comprehensive Nutrition Facts tables, ingredient lists, and allergen statements. These regulations are designed to help consumers make informed dietary choices, ensure transparency, and protect those with food allergies and intolerances. 

    In addition to these requirements, Canada has introduced front-of-package (FOP) nutrition labelling requirements to help consumers quickly identify foods high in sodium, sugars, and saturated fats. This initiative aims to provide at-a-glance information that encourages healthier food choices​.

    By leveraging tools like Genesis Foods, manufacturers can simplify the process of creating compliant labels that meet Canadian standards.

    Nutrition Facts Tables Formats

    2024 Spring Genesis Release - Canada Bilingual LabelTo ensure compliance with Canadian nutrition labelling regulations, it is essential to include specific nutrient information on your product labels. The following nutrients are considered the “core nutrition information” which is mandatory for most Nutrition Facts tables unless an exemption exists. Calories, Fat (Saturated Fat, Trans Fat), Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrate, Fibre, Sugars, Protein, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron. Note: Additional nutrients may be required per the regulations, for example, if a nutrient content claim is made.  

    Genesis Foods simplifies the process of creating accurate Nutrition Facts tables, guiding you through Health Canada’s regulatory standards. Users can input their product nutrition information, and the software automatically calculates nutrient values and formats the information according to the regulations. 

    Label Formats in Genesis Foods

    In Genesis Foods, you can create a variety of Health Canada Compliant Nutrition Facts tables. Each format is designed to fit different packaging sizes and shapes, ensuring clear and accessible nutritional information for consumers.  Health Canada Standard Bilingual Nutrition Facts Table

      • Standard Vertical Labels: The most common format for packaged food products, featuring a simple and effective layout for easy reading. This format is recommended unless space is limited. 
    • Horizontal (Tabular) Labels: Ideal for products with limited vertical space or wider packaging, such as beverage cans or elongated packages. 
    • Linear Labels: Suitable for narrow or vertically long packages, like spice jars or stick packs, arranging nutritional information in a linear fashion​. 

    Each of these formats in Genesis Foods ensures compliance with the latest Canadian regulations, supporting both single and bilingual labelling needs, and providing additional options for displaying optional nutrients. This flexibility helps you create labels that not only meet regulatory requirements but also enhance consumer understanding and trust. 

    Creating Accurate Ingredient Lists

    Accurate ingredient labelling is critical for compliance with Canadian food labelling regulations. In general, the list of ingredients must be headed by the word “Ingredients” and listed by weight in descending order. For products that contain more than one sugar-based ingredient, the regulations require all sugar-based ingredients to be grouped together in the ingredient list. These ingredients must be listed in descending order within parentheses after the word "Sugars/Sucres," with their combined weight determining the group's order. 

    Ingredient List Example:

    Ingredients: Sugars (fancy molasses, brown sugar, sugar), Flour, Vegetable oil shortening, Liquid whole egg, Salt, Sodium bicarbonate, Spices, Allura red

    Genesis Foods automates the creation of accurate ingredient lists by calculating the weight of each ingredient in your recipe and automatically listing them in order of predominance. Each ingredient designated as “sugar” will be grouped in the ingredient statement.  

    Protecting Consumers with Allergen Statements

    Proper allergen labelling is essential to protect consumers with food allergies and intolerances. Canadian regulations require that ingredients or additives causing hypersensitivity, intolerance, or allergic reactions be declared, headed by the word "Contains."

    GNF-Allergens-CanadaMajor allergens that must be declared include:

    • Crustacean*
    • Eggs
    • Fish*
    • Gluten (Barley, Oats, Rye, Triticale, Wheat)*
    • Milk
    • Mollusc*
    • Mustard/Mustard Seed
    • Peanuts
    • Sesame/Sesame Seed
    • Soy
    • Sulphites (10 ppm or more)
    • Tree Nuts*
    • Wheat/Triticale

    *Must list the specific species or type for Crustacean, Fish, Mollusc, and/or Tree Nuts

    Genesis Foods is pre-loaded with all required allergens and guides users through the ingredient and recipe creation process to review them, ensuring all potential allergens are clearly and correctly identified. This automation minimizes errors, ensures compliance with Canada labelling regulations, and enhances consumer safety and trust. 

    Supporting Compliance with Genesis Foods

    Using Genesis Foods, you can streamline the process of creating compliant labels. Genesis Foods provides enhanced capabilities for label creation under Canadian regulations, including the Canadian Adult Recommendation Profile and bilingual labelling options. This comprehensive approach ensures your food labels meet Canadian standards, offering clear and accurate information to your consumers. By leveraging the tools in Genesis Foods, you can simplify the label creation process, and enhance regulatory compliance, making navigating the complexities of Canadian food labelling a more straightforward and efficient process. 

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