How to Create a Health Canada Compliant Label

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How to Create a Health Canada Compliant Label

Generating nutrition labels for food products sold in other countries can be a daunting task. There’s the layout, font size, mandatory nutrient list, and a host of other factors to consider. Fortunately, Genesis R&D Foods automates much of this process.

The Canada Label Module for Genesis R&D assists users in creating a variety of Nutrition Facts tables that conform to Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations for food labeling. This blog will outline the steps for creating a Standard Canada Nutrition Facts Label from a Recipe.

Step 1: Create a Recipe

  1. Create a new Recipe by clicking the New icon and selecting Recipe.
  2. Name your Recipe and populate the Recipe details (such as serving size, reference amounts, etc.)
  3. Search for and enter all the ingredients in your Recipe. You will do this by typing in ingredient search terms (full or partial words) and selecting matches from the list returned.

For more detailed instructions on Step 1, check out our tutorials for Creating an Ingredient and Creating a Recipe.)

Step 2: View Label

  1. Once you have created and saved your Recipe, click the Edit Label icon on the Recipe ribbon.
  2. From the General tab, select Canada for Country/Authority and Nutrition Facts (2016) for Regulation.
  3. Click OK.
  4. To view your label, click the View Label icon on the Recipe ribbon. Your label should look something like this:

Step 3: Customize Your Label

From this point, there are several label modifications that you can make within the accepted guidelines. For example, you can create a bilingual label.

  1. Click the Edit Label icon from the toolbar.
  2. Choose Format Options and select Show Bilingual.
  3. The resulting label will appear as such:

Health Canada Standard Bilingual Nutrition Facts Table

Genesis R&D Foods has additional label options such as adding nutrients, adding household serving sizes, creating an ingredient statement, and more.

Tutorial

This tutorial will walk you through the steps for creating a basic Nutrition Facts table for Canada.