Budget: [Canadian] Government won’t police food labels in future

Some good news for a change:

open quoteThe federal government is getting out of the business of policing nutrition claims on food labels as part of cost-cutting at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The move, outlined in the budget, will help the agency cut $56.1 million from its overall budget by the next fiscal year.

It will now be up to consumers to go to companies or industry associations “for resolution” if they suspect bogus health claims or exaggerated nutrition claims on food packaging.

“The government will change how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency monitors and enforces non-health and non-safety food labelling regulations. The CFIA will introduce a web-based label verification tool that encourages consumers to bring validated concerns directly to companies and associations for resolution,” the budget document says.close quote (Read more)

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