Preventing obesity starts in the grocery aisle with food packaging

By Eugene Y. Chan and Liangyan Wang In 2018, Statistics Canada reported that nearly one in three Canadians were obese. Similar figures have been reported in Australia, but more concerning is the United States, where over 40 percent of the population is obese. Obesity is not the only diet-related illness to be concerned about — diabetes […]

Health Canada announces new regulations for supplemented foods

Health Canada has announced the introduction of new regulations for supplemented foods aimed at protecting the health and safety of Canadians. Under the new regulations, all supplemented foods — pre-packaged foods containing one or more added ingredients, such as vitamins, mineral nutrients, amino acids, caffeine or herbal extracts — will display a standardized Supplemented Food Facts table, […]

Mislabelled seafood remains a big problem in Canada

A new “DNA investigation” by Oceana Canada has found that the presence of mislabelled seafood products is still a big problem in Canada. The charitable organization, part of an international advocacy group dedicated to ocean conversation, carried out a new study in cities across Canada where it has previously sampled seafood from grocery stores and restaurants. The […]

Alberta introduces “Made in Alberta, by Albertans” food labels

Alberta’s provincial government is introducing a “Made in Alberta” label to help grocery shoppers quickly identify food that has been produced within the province’s borders. The labels, which will read “Made in Alberta, by Albertans”, will be introduced by the government’s Agriculture and Forestry department. The key motivations are to help support local farmers and food […]

Staying on trend with healthy kids’ menus and menu labeling

By Jasmine Kafka Consumer trends are reaching the point where restaurant operators need to seriously consider adding healthier items and nutritional information to their kids’ menus. 78 per cent of Canadian parents state that health and nutrition are important factors in their purchasing decisions at restaurants (Menu Labelling Remains Important Issue for Canadians, Technomic, 2014). […]