Community Papers

The EATEN PATH: Chilliwack MP urges residents to pipe up on food labels

A look at the proposed nutrition food label that would show more information about sugars. - Health Canada
A look at the proposed nutrition food label that would show more information about sugars.
— image credit: Health Canada

Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, is encouraging area residents to have their say on the proposed changes to nutrition facts table located on prepackaged foods.

“By making the nutrition labels easier to understand we’re helping moms and dads make good choices about the foods they buy and prepare for their families,” Strahl said.

The proposed changes are to the format of the nutrition facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients that must appear in the table, and to the daily values.

It also includes changing how ingredients are listed, including grouping sugars together, so parents and consumers have a clearer picture of how much sugar is added to the food and the label is easier to read.

Finally, another key proposal is to provide guidelines to industry to make the serving sizes displayed in the nutrition facts table more consistent among similar products.

• The online public consultations will run for 60 days from July 14 to Sept. 11, 2014. Visit here.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fraser Health scales down mobile flu shot clinics
THINGS-TO-DO: Remembering Terry with a run
Blanket BC collecting warm blankets
Empty warehouse in Chilliwack prompts request for donations
Cirque du Lézard
$88,000 for Friends in Need Food Bank
Breakfast with Santa
Rotary Christmas Parade marches through downtown Chilliwack
Book sale spawns generations of readers