Labelling requirements for infant foods, infant formula and human milk
The information below applies to infant foods other than infant formula. Infant formula is covered in the following section. It is prohibited to sell or advertise for sale an infant food that does not comply with the compositional requirements set out in the Food and Drug Regulations [B.25.002, B.25.003, FDR].
Nutrition labelling for infant foods
There are specific nutrition labelling requirements, including format and required nutrients within the Nutrition Facts table for foods solely for infants six months to less than 12 months of age. These are outlined in Foods Intended Solely for Infants Six Months of Age or Older but Less Than One Year of Age.
Sodium Restrictions on Infant Foods
Infant foods are subject to maximum sodium levels. It is prohibited to sell or advertise for sale an infant food that contains more sodium than that provided for in the Food and Drug Regulations [B.25.002, FDR].
It is also prohibited to sell an infant food, other than a strained dessert, that contains strained fruit, fruit juice, fruit drink or cereal if sodium chloride has been added to that food [B.25.003, FDR].
Voluntary claims and statements for infant foods
There are specific requirements applicable to foods intended solely for children under two years of age. Refer to Nutrient Content Claims on Foods Intended Solely for Children Under Two Years of Age and Health Claims for Children Under Two Years of Age for more information.
Age Claims on Infant Foods
It is acceptable, on the label of infant foods, to indicate an age group for which the product is suitable. However it is not permitted to represent infant foods as being suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, with the exception of infant formula [B.25.061, FDR]. The claim should not be presented in the form of a "recommendation". An acceptable statement would be "Suitable for infants between 6 and 12 months of age".
Standard container sizes for infant and junior foods
Infant and junior foods (definition) that are processed fruit or vegetable products are subject to standard container sizes when packaged in hermetically sealed packages.
The container size of these foods must correspond to a net quantity set out in Table 6 of Schedule 3 of the SFCR, shown below. If the container is metal, it must also have the dimensions set out for that net quantity [191(2), SFCR].
The container size of such products may be greater than the prescribed sizes if the container holds a net quantity of 20 L or less, and if the declared net quantity is a whole number multiple of 500 mL [192, SFCR].
|Net Quantity by Volume||Metal Container Dimensions Table Note 1|
|Prepackaged Food||Millilitres||Fluid Ounces||Millimetres||Inches Table Note 2|
|Infant and junior foods that are processed fruit or vegetable products||
54 × 72
68 × 76
202 × 213.5
211 × 300
[Table 6 of Schedule 3, SFCR]
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