The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are asking Canadians how to make food labels better.

A CFIA discussion document outlining proposals to change food labels and the food labelling system is available on our website for public comment until February 28, 2017.

For more information, please read the full news release


Dear Stakeholder, 

We would like to invite you to a webinar that will provide an overview of the consultation papers published on the prohibition of partially hydrogenated oils (the main source of industrially produced trans fats) in foods and front-of-package labelling, and offer an opportunity to seek clarification on these consultations. 

On October 24, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, launched theHealthy Eating Strategy for Canada. As part of this Strategy, Health Canada is proposing to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oils in foods sold in Canada and to introduce front-of-package labelling requirements on prepackaged foods high in nutrients of public health concern (sodium, sugars, and saturated fat). In addition, Health Canada is proposing to update requirements for other information on the front of food packages, including certain claims and labelling requirements for four high-intensity sweeteners (i.e., aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-potassium and neotame). 


  • Overview of the Healthy Eating Strategy
  • Information on the approach to communication with stakeholders on Healthy Eating Strategy initiatives
  • Overview of Health Canada’s proposals to:
  • Prohibit partially hydrogenated oils in food
  • Implement FOP labelling requirements for foods high in sodium, sugars, saturated fat
  • Introduce new nutrient content claims
  • Update requirements for nutrition-related statements
  • Update requirements for FOP high-intensity sweetener labelling
  • Question and answer session 

English webinar: 

French webinar:  

*Please note, Health Canada encourages organizations with multiple attendees to organize a single dial-in location. 

Please click the link and follow the instructions to register for the webinar in the language of your choice. Please be advised that a confirmation email, including a full agenda and links to the webinar, will be sent 24-48 hours before the scheduled start time of the webinar. If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact us at:

Best Regards, 

Bureau of Nutritional Sciences/ Bureau des sciences de la nutrition
Food Directorate/ Direction des aliments
Health Canada/ Santé Canada

Frequently Asked Questions about Cumin / Allergens

Overview – Feb 9, 2015

In late October, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) conducted random testing for allergen analysis and found undeclared material from peanuts and almonds in Ortega taco seasoning and a recall was issued. That recall was subsequently expanded to a wide range of other Ortega brand products and a similar recall occurred in the U.S. in November. On December 19, 2014, Reily Foods recalled chili seasoning kits due to undeclared peanut and almond material. Reily’s notification to its cumin supplier prompted a series of additional recalls. A third company then also notified its customers of the presence of undeclared peanut in its cumin, resulting in additional recalls. In all, FDA reports more than 20 recalls for undeclared peanut on its recall Web site since November. Additionally, there was a recall in Tennessee for paprika that was found to have small amounts of peanut.