Canada will require that companies add nutrition warnings to the front of pre-packaged food with high levels of saturated fat, sugar or sodium in an effort to help grocery shoppers make healthier choices with just a glance.
But ground meat will be exempt from the labels, after ranchers groups objected to Health Canada’s proposal earlier this month.
The government says the labels are meant to help Canadians eat healthier, as the so-called “nutrients of public health concern” have been linked to conditions such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
“These regulations are designed to make it easier for us to make informed, healthier choices,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
Health Canada said the new labels will complement, rather than replace, the more detailed nutrition information that’s typically on the back of food packaging.
In general, they’ll be placed on pre-packaged foods that contain more than 15 per cent of