Improve nutrition labels
The Society calls on Health Canada to adopt a front-of package nutrition labelling on packaged food. A simple rating system is necessary in order to bridge gaps in literacy. A standardized system would facilitate comparison of nutrition information within and across food products. Health Canada should collaborate with Canadian researchers to understand the effectiveness of various front-of-package systems within the Canadian context. Health Canada should also conduct basic user testing of proposed front-of-package systems to determine comprehension among a wide demographic of Canadians. A visual front-of-package system is an opportunity to bring research and policy makers together to find the best tool to further support Canadians with choosing what foods to purchase and knowing how much to eat.
It is important to have nutrition labels that are clear, informative and easy to understand to help Canadians choose what foods to purchase and know how much to eat. Front-of-package nutrition labels along with continued education will ensure that more Canadians understand the nutritional value of food they are eating and can make informed decisions for their health.