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What you need to know about the Supplemented Food Regulations in Canada

Posted by Chiarina Crawford on Mon, May 30, 2016

The regulations surrounding foods supplemented with bioactive ingredients (such as vitamins and minerals) have been evolving in Canada for quite some time. As Health Canada continues to work toward their long-term goal of regulating supplemented food products as foods rather than natural health products, manufacturers must ensure their product is compliant in the meantime.

Read on to learn what food and natural health product companies should know about the current supplemented food regulations in Canada.

Background on Temporary Marketing Authorization Letters (TMAL)

Earlier this year, Health Canada released a guidance document entitled, Category Specific Guidance for Temporary Marketing Authorization: Supplemented Foods. The purpose of this document is to outline the process for stakeholders to obtain a Temporary Marketing Authorization Letter, allowing them to temporarily sell their supplemented food product in Canada.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Product trends spotted at Natural Products Expo East 2014

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Would you eat a nutritional bar made with—wait for it—cricket flour?  It might not be for everyone, but there’s no question that new, innovative products just like this one are taking the natural products space by storm.

In today’s post we take a look some of the hottest product trends that grabbed our attention at Natural Products Expo East.  Take note – you might be seeing them on store shelves soon.

Whole food products: The next generation of supplements

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Beverages, Events, Product Trends, Foods

Health Canada announces proposed changes to food labelling

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Jul 23, 2014

In a recent statement made by the Minister of Health, Health Canada has proposed several changes to nutrition and other information on food labels.  The suggested changes include increasing the prominence of calories in the Nutrition Facts Table, grouping nutrients in a more consumer-friendly manner and improving the readability of the ingredient listing.

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Tags: Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Top trends spotted at Engredea and Expo West 2014

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Mar 18, 2014

The Nutrasource team headed to sunny Anaheim, California for Engredea and Natural Products Expo West earlier this month.  A hub for product innovation, new product launches and trend spotting, the annual trade show event brought together the natural products community from dietary supplement manufacturers, niche food companies and personal care brands.

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Tags: Beverages, Events, Product Trends, Foods

Time for an update? The U.S. FDA proposes changes to food labels

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Mar 13, 2014

For the first time since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing several changes to nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages in the United States.

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Tags: Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Regulatory Updates: January

Posted by William Rowe on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

The year has just begun, but there have already been some exciting regulatory changes in both the United States and Canada. Our team of regulatory specialists break down four of this month’s most newsworthy updates across the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Health Canada’s Position on Gluten-free Claims

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Last month, Health Canada published a position paper summarizing the government’s current position on the use of gluten-free claims. This position takes into account the government’s continued efforts to maintain consistency amongst prepackaged foods and reduce consumer confusion.

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Tags: Health Claims, Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Regulatory Update: Food-type NHPs transition to the food regulatory framework

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Sun, Apr 29, 2012

The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) of Health Canada released a statement on April 17, 2012 summarizing the transition of foods at the natural health product (NHP) interface, also known as food-type NHPs, to the food regulatory framework. The purpose of this change is to ensure that products that appear to be foods and are consumed as foods are regulated as foods rather than NHPs.  This change is consistent with previous communications from Health Canada and has already begun with the transition of caffeinated energy drinks earlier this month.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Regulatory Update: Energy Drinks now require TMAs in Canada

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Mar 29, 2012

Energy drinks are increasing in popularity and continue to be a regulatory challenge for industry.  Due to the health-related nature of the product claims (i.e., references to increased alertness, energy and wakefulness) and the content of natural health product (NHP) substances, energy drinks were previously classified as NHPs in Canada. However, in 2011 Health Canada indicated their intention to regulate energy drinks as foods rather than NHPs because these products fit the definition of a food.

In line with this position, Health Canada announced last week that energy drinks will now be classified as foods in Canada, and that Temporary Marketing Authorizations (TMAs) will now have to be filed.  Products that meet the requirements outlined by Health Canada will be issued Temporary Marketing Authorization Letters (TMALs).  Requirements include specifications for the quantity of caffeine from all sources, the quantity of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, mandatory allergen labelling, and the content of novel ingredients and food additives.

For products with an existing Natural Product Number (NPN)/Exemption Number (EN)/Product Licence Application (PLA) that comply with all necessary requirements, TMAL issuance should be received from the Food Directorate by June 30, 2012.  For entirely new products seeking market access, no TMAL issuance date was listed.  The transition period for label compliance varies depending on the regulatory status of the product (i.e., NPN, EN, PLA, or new product).

To view the guidance document (Category Specific Guidance for Temporary Marketing Authorization – Caffeinated Energy Drinks), click here.


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Tags: Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Beverages