Language selection


Health claims on food labels
Drugs vs. foods

Just like the term "food" (definition), the term "drug" (definition) is also defined in the Food and Drugs Act. One difference between foods and drugs is in how they are represented. If a product meets the definition of a food and is regulated as a food, the product is not permitted to carry a drug claim, unless exempted. See Acceptable Disease Risk Reduction Claims and Therapeutic Claims for acceptable examples.

Furthermore, Section 3, FDA, prohibits the sale of a food that is labelled or advertised to the general public as a treatment, preventative or cure for any of the diseases referred to in Schedule A.

Date modified: