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Nutrient content claims on foods intended for children under 4 years of age

Only the following nutrient content claims set out in the Table of Permitted Nutrient Content Statements and Claims are allowed for foods intended solely for children under 4 years of age. [B.01.503(2), FDR]:

  • "source of protein"
  • "excellent source of protein"
  • "more protein"
  • "no added sodium" (or salt), and
  • "no added sugars"

Vitamin and mineral nutrient content claims are permitted for foods intended for children under 4 years of age, provided the foods meets the applicable criteria based upon the daily values for that age group [D.01.004, D.02.002, FDR].

A claim that characterizes the amount of starch in a food (for example, "contains no starch") is permitted on a food intended solely for infants 6 months of age or older but less than 1 year of age [B.01.502(2)(g), FDR]. However, when a representation of the amount of starch is made on a label or in an advertisement, the amount of starch, in grams per serving of stated size, is required in the Nutrition Facts table [B.01.402(4), FDR].

For information on nutrition labelling requirements, please refer to Foods intended solely for infants 6 months of age or older but less than 1 year of age.