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'CANADIAN FOOD' LABEL RULES TO BE TIGHTENED

May 24, 2008


Foods marketed as a Canadian product must meet new labeling rules, according to an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Foods labelled 'Product of Canada' will no longer be allowed to contain large amounts of foreign ingredients and additives under tougher guidelines proposed yesterday by the Conservative Government.

"The truth is, foods marked `Product of Canada' or `Made in Canada' may not be very Canadian at all," Prime Minister Harper said during a press conference in the Niagara region. "A bottle of apple juice labelled as `Made in Canada' might have been made from apples grown in China, Harper said. And a bar of chocolate might be marked as a Canadian product but be made with cocoa beans from the Ivory Coast. Our new guidelines are designed to redefine Canadian food content labels to better reflect the true origins of products in today's global marketplace," Harper continued. The aim is to ensure that "Canadians know exactly what they're getting and get exactly what they want."

In the first change to food labels since the 1980s, two categories of products will face stricter regulations.
Foods listed as a 'Product of Canada' must now contain all or virtually all contents that are from Canada.
Products labeled 'Made in Canada' must have a majority of its ingredients processed in Canada.

Harper also introduced a new label which will read, 'Made in Canada with imported ingredients' so that Canadians will know exactly what kind of product they are getting.

Information wasn't given on when the new labeling restrictions will begin.

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