Pre-packaged foods in Canada require a compliant Nutrition Facts table (NFt), which includes core nutrition information. The nutrition data (i.e., calories and nutrients per serving) can be obtained from laboratory testing which can be costly, but most manufacturers rely on third parties (such as NHP Consulting) to provide the nutrition data based on the product recipe.
The Canadian Food and Drug Regulations require the label of most pre-packaged food product to carry a Nutrition Facts table (NFt). The NFt must include core nutrition information, such as Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrate, Protein and Vitamins A and C, Calcium and Iron. To establish the nutrient values, companies can use validated analytical methods by in-house or accredited laboratories, or they can choose to use calculation methods through the use of databases or software. The Food and Drug Regulations do not stipulate either as required; however, in the end the manufacturer must ensure that the nutrient values presented in the NFt are accurate, with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) responsible for assessing compliance of these values.
Third party laboratory testing is a necessity when there are unique preparation or manufacturing methods which may impact the nutrient profile of the product. For most products, though, laboratory testing is too costly to justify for a new SKU. Some manufacturers use free public databases to calculate their own nutrient data, but this is time consuming and most do not have a thorough selection of ingredients. Our company has partnered with ESHA and is an authorized user of its Genesis R&D platform. While the software is costly to license, we provide compliant Nutrition Facts tables and ingredients decks quickly and cost effectively for Canada, USA, EU and Mexico – graphics ready, in any of the subtle formats.
NHP Consulting Inc can generate a complete nutrition analysis as well as a fully compliant Canadian Nutrition Facts table for your food product to save on costly laboratory analysis and reduce the chance of calculation errors.