Government No Longer Testing Nutrition Claims on Food

December 02, 2011

The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) apparently stopped doing "surveys" of pre-packaged "food" items to test that their labels are accurate. The Herald says "abruptly" implying this was recent, but it actually stems from ... (March? can't find anything!)


For example, CFIA found that 79 out of 161 snack products tested (49 per cent) displayed incorrect composition claims about sodium, fats or other nutrients, in violation of Canada's labelling rules. Of 52 samples of oils, spreads and margarines, 25 (48 per cent) failed to comply with CFIA's "quality" labelling rules. Reasons included: misleading nutrient claims about omega fatty acids, vitamin E or cholesterol; inaccurate trans fatty acid and non-hydrogenated claims; or bogus claims such as "fresh-pressed" and "premium grade." A second addendum to the March 30, 2011 minutes said CFIA also decided to put on hold the targeted testing of items at food processing plants in cases where inspectors had identified concerns, such as possible sanitary problems.