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April 12, 2018

Canada Considers Health Warning Labels on Some Dairy Products

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Health Canada is considering requiring new front-of-package food labeling for foods high in saturated fats, sugar and sodium.


Caught up in the regulations might be dairy products such as cheese, flavored milks and yogurt, though white fluid milk would likely be exempt. The proposal could cost the Canadian dairy industry upwards of $800 million, reports The Western Producer.


“It’s intuitively wrong where you would have nutrient dense foods that Canadians rely on for (their) healthy eating strategy, would now come with warning labels,” says David Wiens, chair of the Dairy Famers of Manitoba.


Health research on dairy products that was completed by The Dairy Farmers of Canada and partially funded by the Canadian government was submitted to Health Canada. But it was rejected as being biased.  


Health Canada is a Canadian governmental agency that regulates drugs and human health, similar to the Food and Drug Administration here in the United States. The comment period for the food labeling proposal end April 26.