Send a submission to Health Canada’s consultation on front-of-package labelling
Concerned about the proposed government regulations that could require dairy products to carry a front-of-package warning label? Let the government know.
Dairy products have long been recognized as an important part of a balanced diet, and the science hasn’t changed. Milk products are associated with bone health and reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer. They are also high in nutrients that Canadians aren’t getting enough of, including: vitamins A and D, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium!
Health Canada’s proposed regulations are focused solely on sodium, sugar and saturated fat and will require many dairy products to carry a front-of-package warning label. This oversimplified approach ignores the proven health benefits of eating dairy products, potentially allowing nutrient-poor foods to go unlabeled while requiring nutritious foods like cheese and yogurt to carry one. Focusing on just three nutrients is an oversimplification of what makes a product “healthy” and doesn’t provide Canadians with the information needed to make informed food choices. For regulations intending to help Canadians, the approach is confusing and misleading.
The proposed regulations include exemptions on whole and 2% milk and infant formula. We welcome these exemptions, but believe they need to go much further. Dairy products are proven to provide significant nutritional benefits, contribute to a balanced diet and shouldn’t be required to carry a warning label.
Improving the overall health of Canadians and helping them to make better food choices are important goals. But, will the proposed regulations effectively achieve them? We’re not so sure. We’re concerned that the proposed regulations on front-of-package labelling will:
- Penalise nutritious and wholesome dairy products;
- Encourage Canadians to eat highly processed snack foods instead of dairy products;
- Leave Canadians more confused when it comes to making informed food choices.
If you share our concerns, please take a few moments to send the letter below to the consultation. Tell Health Canada that the dairy processing community is worried about the proposed front-of-package regulations which will encourage Canadians to avoid dairy and head to the snack aisle.