2016 Nutrition Facts Deadline Update

Dear valued clients,

Yesterday, CFIA released a notice to industry concerning a change in the 2016 nutrition labelling amendments as a result of the challenges brought about by Covid-19.

The compliance date for the new formatting remains December 14th of this year but CFIA is delaying enforcement by one year. 

Products found out of compliance after December 14th will be subject to the equivalent of a “friendly reminder” to make your packaging compliant. You will be required to show a detailed compliance plan. This will be in effect until December 14, 2022, after which time non-compliant packaging will be subject to enforcement.

While this may seem like a one year reprieve, it isn’t. My recommendation remains that you ensure all packaging compliance to the new regulations by this December so as to avoid putting your company and its products on CFIA’s radar.

Excerpt from the notice:

While the end of the transition period for the amendments will remain December 14, 2021, the CFIA will focus its efforts on education and compliance promotion for the first year (until December 14, 2022). After December 14, 2022, the CFIA will verify compliance and apply enforcement discretion in cases of non-compliance where regulated parties have a detailed plan that shows how they intend to meet the new requirements at the earliest possible time, and no later than December 14, 2023.

The entire text can be found at:

https://www.inspection.gc.ca/covid-19/cfia-information-for-industry/notice-to-industry/eng/1596075140676/1596075250736

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Have a great day and stay safe,

Niccolas