The federal government is seeking input from Canadians as it makes plans to change the Food Guide and overhaul food labelling rules.
Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the start of consultations today during a speech in Montreal.
“I’m looking forward to that day when I’m going to walk down a grocery store aisle and I’m going to see those front of pack labels that are going to help me choose the very healthiest breakfast cereal on the shelf. I’m going to be armed with my updated Canada’s Food Guide that is going to be easy to remember, that’s going to be personalized for my needs. I’m going to remember this day when we took an important step together, towards a healthier Canada.”
Health professionals and everyday Canadians can take part in the consultation on Health Canada’s website until Dec. 8th.
The Food Guide was last updated in 2007 and Philpott says she’s heard from Canadians that they find it difficult to navigate or apply its recommendations.
The federal health department aims to have updated dietary guidelines by the end of 2018, to reflect the most recent scientific evidence on diet and health.
Philpott says new labelling norms for certain products will also be introduced, notably to better identify different types of sugars.