Health claims on food labels
Drugs claims not permitted on food
A food cannot be described as "medicated". Since this term is used to describe products containing an added medicinal substance to treat or prevent a disease, the representation causes the product to fall within the definition of a drug under the Food and Drugs Act. Such products must be labelled and advertised as a drug as required by the Food and Drug Regulations.
Products represented as laxatives fall within the definition of a drug. The mention of "laxative" or "relief of constipation" on a label or advertisement characterizes the product as a drug.
Contrarily, the term "laxation" (definition) and the action of "promoting laxation" are not considered to be drug claims when used in connection with certain foods. See the Acceptable Function Claims Table for more information.
The term "tonic" has been used in the past to describe a class of foods believed to have the power to restore a normal degree of vigour or to restore good health. Today, this term should not be used, as no food can be described as an effective tonic. However, exceptions may be made due to long term use, such as "tonic water".
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