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The Canadian Food Label

Instructor: Sara Zborovski
Product ID: 703867
  • Duration: 60 Min

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This webinar will provide an overview of the relevant statutes, including the Food and Drugs Act and its regulations and the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and its regulations. Core labeling requirements will be outlined and discussed, as will the rules around making voluntary label claims. Finally, an overview of Health Canada’s modernization makeover as it relates to labeling will provide insight into possible future reform, including proposals relating to the nutrition facts table and ingredient list.

Why Should You Attend:

This advanced webinar is aimed at all companies involved in the manufacture, advertising and sale of foods and beverages (including external advisors and consultants) that do business, or want to do business, in Canada.

These companies should be aware of the strict rules around the Canadian food label, and the penalties for being found offside these rules so that appropriate business decisions can be made. More and more, the food industry is innovating and pushing the boundaries and it is important that businesses be able to take appropriate risks to keep up with the competition without losing focus of the rules and restrictions.

An error can be costly: Health Canada’s enforcement provisions include the ability to impose strict penalties and jail time, order a stop sale and/or product recall. The costs of doing business are becoming increasingly high, but for companies that can navigate the system appropriately, the benefits of innovative marketing campaigns are numerous.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Introductions: The Regulator and Relevant Legislation
    • Health Canada and the CFIA
    • The Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations
    • The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act
    • Commodity-Specific Legislation
  • Core Labeling Requirements
  • Label Claims:
    • Regulated Health Claims
    • General Health Claims
    • Ingredient Claims
    • Other Hot Topics In Food Labeling
  • Compliance and Enforcement
    • Compliance Verification
    • Enforcement Measures

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel working within any food or beverage company that advertises or markets product in Canada, such as:

  • Regulatory affairs
  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Legal department
  • External consultants who advise for food and beverage companies

Instructor Profile:

Sara Zborovski is a partner at the law firm of Davis LLP in Toronto and a key contact in the firm’s food and beverage group. She assists companies regulated by Health Canada and the FDA obtain market access and in all areas of compliance.

Ms. Zborovski works with companies to get products from idea to market, and provides strategic advice on compliance strategies, including advertising and marketing programs (including label review), pharmaceutical marketing and pricing requirements (including matters relating to provincial formulary listing), compliance programs relating to manufacturing and import (establishment licensing, GMP programs, post-market reporting obligations, and packaging,) and intellectual property issues. She advises clients on federal and provincial privacy laws, particularly as these relate to the healthcare space, and federal and provincial access to information and freedom of information matters. Ms. Zborovski also works with clients in all industries in matters relating to product safety, including crisis management, advocacy before the Inspectorate and product recalls.

Topic Background:

The Canadian food label is highly regulated in Canada, with strict rules providing for mandatory information and the use of voluntary claims. These uniquely-Canadian requirements mean that the Canadian food label differs in significant ways from its US counterpart. A number of overlapping statutes govern what information must be included on a label, and the implications for being found offside these laws are substantial.

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