It’s been almost a decade since Health Canada made it mandatory for all pre-packaged foods to come with nutrition information. The Nutrition Facts table (NFT) is a useful tool to help you make healthier choices at the grocery store, but could it serve you better?Ten years ago I got my first cell phone, and though it could perform the simple task of making calls and storing messages it certainly wouldn’t meet my needs today. My cell phone now predicts the weather, instantly solves a feud on “who sang that song?” and provides
endless distractions while waiting on the bus. Oh yeah, and it still makes the odd phone call.
So like my phone, perhaps the NFT could serve you better. That’s what Health Canada wanted to find out this past winter through a series of consultations and an on-line survey. Didn’t get your say? That’s ok, there’s still time to comment about things like serving sizes, ingredient listings, or missing items that matter to you and your family.
A new and improved NFT has been released for comment with proposed changes based on feedback from Canadians. Declaring added sugars, including Vitamin D and improving the legibility of the list of ingredients are just a few of the changes consumers asked for.
You have until September 12, 2014 to let Health Canada know what’s eating you, or better yet, what you want to know about what you’re eating. So whip out that phone and log onto Health Canada’s website or kick it old school and send your comments in writing to:
Food Directorate, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences
Re: Proposed Format Changes
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9
Blogger Bio: Natalie Laframboise is a policy analyst at the BC Ministry of Health. Since 2011, Natalie has led policy support for the food industry files including the BC Trans Fat Regulation, sodium reduction and the provision of nutrition information in restaurants.