Food Labeling News - Canadians Want Clear Nutrition Labels

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Food Labeling News - Canadians Want Clear Nutrition Labels

In food labeling news, according to news sources at Food Production Daily, Canadian government officials are asking for the public's input on changes being proposed regarding regulations affecting the nutritional information placed on packaging of food products. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health in Canada, invited civilians to give their thoughts and opinions on the proposed label changes via a series of public consultations available online in recent announcements, saying the changes that will be made to nutrition labeling will be based on the results of in-depth discussions with consumers. Ambrose said that based on the feedback from consultations between the government and consumers/parents earlier in the year, changes to food labels are primarily in regards to nutrition information. Canadian consumers want to be able to make healthier choices in the foods they eat, but a clearer understanding of the nutrition labels is critical. Changes that have been suggested, if implemented, would be a huge boon for those who struggle with dietary restrictions, according to president and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heath Richard Blickstead. Officials want to change how ingredients are grouped together and listed on nutrition facts labels, which would be in the format of a table that includes nutrients, ingredients, and recommended daily values. Ingredients such as sugars would be grouped together so that consumers could easily determine if the food contains ingredients they are trying to avoid. Canadian consumers are invited to give their opinions and recommendations regarding nutritional food labels to the Canadian government through September 11 of this year. At Markem-Imaje, we believe that when it comes to nutrition and ingredient labels, best-by dates, and other information, the consumer's needs should be first and foremost. While how labels are formatted to ensure consumers can easily understand the information presented is key, the quality and durability of marking/coding is also important. Printed data should be clear and easy to read, and stand up to even the harshest environments. For all of your industrial coding and printing needs, rely on the world leader, Markem-Imaje.

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