Changes to Sugar Labels in Prepackaged Foods

Overview

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Health Canada is proposing changes to food labeling which will help inform Canadians of the types of sugars they are consuming. One of these changes involves the way sugars are displayed in the list of ingredients on a product. 

Currently, sugar-based ingredients added to food are listed separately in the list of ingredients on the food item’s label. Health Canada is now proposing that all sugar ingredients be grouped together in brackets after the common name “sugars.”  Here is an example of how sugars in a product would be listed under the new rules: Sugars (fancy molasses, brown sugar, sugar, malted barley). The intent of this change is to help consumers more readily determine how much sugar is in their food item, including in relation to other non-sugar ingredients.

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