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, especially after an update in regulations. There’s the layout, font size, mandatory nutrient list, changed standards and measurements, and a host of other factors to consider. Fortunately, Genesis R&D Foods automates much of this process. This blog instructs you on how to create a Nutrition Facts table compliant with the 2016 Health Canada regulations.

Note: You must have access to the Canada Label module for Genesis R&D.

  1. On the Home ribbon, click the Recipe icon and select New.
  2. Name your Recipe and enter the number of servings the Recipe will make. Alternatively, you can enter a per serving weight.
  3. Carefully 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. A blog on search tips can be found here.
    Note: If your ingredient is not available in the list of search results, you will have to create your ingredient. This is covered in a tutorial here.
  4. Your finished recipe will look something like this:

  5. As you create your Recipe be sure to fill in the serving size information & servings per container values. Save often.
  6. Once you have created and saved your Recipe, choose the View Label button on the Recipe ribbon. If you only have the Canada Label module for your Genesis R&D program, the resulting label will be a Canadian-rules-compliant Nutrition Facts panel, which looks like this:
  7. If not, you will see a U.S. label, which looks like this:

    and there are a few more steps.
  8. Either right-click on the label and select Settings, or on the Recipe ribbon, click the Edit Label icon to access the editing features.
  9. Select General.
  10. From the available options in the Regulations, select Canada.
  11. For Category, make sure you have Nutrition Facts (2016) selected.
  12. Click OK.
  13. From this point, there are several label modifications that you can make within the accepted guidelines. Genesis R&D will guide you in creating a compliant label, according to the guidelines published by Health Canada.

For additional help, visit our Genesis R&D tutorials page or contact our Consulting Services department.