The following listing of Canadian Nutrition Facts, serving sizes and eligible nutrient content claims for the most commonly consumed fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada is the culmination of over 3 years of effort working directly with Health Canada. With their guidance this information was developed for use by the Industry to promote the marketing and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Canadian marketplace.
Presently pre-packaged fresh fruit and vegetable products in Canada cannot make health or nutrient content claims about their product without the presence of a Nutrition Facts Table, which reduces consumers’ ability to compare these nutrient dense healthy foods with other products on the market. Nutrition labelling provides an opportunity for consumers to learn about the nutrient content and health benefits of the food that they choose to eat, and to compare products on the market. Previous to the release of this information, the determination of the nutrition content of these produce items was left to individual companies. Industry can now use this data to provide Canadian Nutrition Facts Tables with the confidence that these were developed for industry by industry and under the direction of Health Canada.
For access to Canadian Nutrition Facts and allowable claims for the most commonly consumed Fresh Fruit and Vegetables in Canada, please click here. The produce industry is now being given the tools to enable us to tell our story with confidence and increasingly help consumers understand the importance of produce consumption to their health.
• The nutrition data provided in this Nutrition Facts for the Most Commonly Consumed Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Canada, has been adapted from USFDA and other reliable data for voluntary use in a Canadian Nutrition Facts Table or to provide nutrition information at retail. The serving sizes, calculations and allowable nutrient content claims have been determined under the direction of Health Canada.
• CPMA makes every effort to ensure that reliable information is provided but cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions no matter how caused.
• A label owner is responsible for the accuracy of their label values, therefore, it is important that all pertinent acts and regulations be consulted prior to developing package and nutrition labelling for the Canadian marketplace.
• CPMA shall not be liable for any damages, loss, expense or claim of loss arising from the use, or reliance on the information.
Recently Health Canada also announced the formal process to confirm the use of the following health claim for eligible fruits and vegetables: A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of heart disease. This should go through the regulatory amendment process in the coming months and CPMA will advise once the health claim can be used.
CPMA would like to thank Health Canada and their staff from the Food Directorate’s Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division and the Nutrition Research Division for their valued support, direction and assistance with this project.