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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.

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