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Food Regulations & Food Science blog

On December 14, 2016 Health Canada & CFIA finalized changes to the Nutrition Facts table (NFT) and list of ingredients on pre-packaged foods.  This included revision to the serving size and how calories, sugars and food colours are declared.

Key Points, for which a full description can be found here

  • Industry will have five years (Dec. , 2021) to adopt the new requirements.
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  • However, amendments dealing with food colour specifications requirements come into effect immediately.
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  • All sugar-based ingredients will now be grouped together under the name “sugars” in the list of ingredients (i.e.: glucose-fructose, honey, malted barley or fancy molasses).
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  • There will now be a % DV (Daily Value) for total sugars in the Nutrition Facts table (NFT).
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  • All food colours will be declared by their common name rather than the generic term “colour” (i.e.: now will be “allura red”).
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  • The list of ingredients and allergen information will be easier to read.
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  • The serving size  will be more realistic so that it reflects the amount that Canadians typically eat in one sitting.
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  • The serving size and calories will also easier to find and read by:
    • increasing the font size of serving size and calories
    • adding a bold line under the calories
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  • The list of nutrients in the NFT will now add potassium, but remove vitamin A and vitamin C.

There are a multitude of other revisions to the food labelling regulations. Please see our web page for our food label consultant services.

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Cosmetics & their Regulations

This post is mainly for any issues related to cosmetic ingredients or proposed changes to how they are regulated.


Health Canada informing Canadians of risks related to certain preservatives in cosmetic, non-prescription and natural health products

This specifically about the potential risks related to the combination of methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MI/MCI) used as a preservative in certain leave-on cosmetic, non-prescription and natural health products.

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This blog post relates primarily to the cannabis industry in Canada.

04/26/2016    The following CBC article keeps popping up on their Facebook page: 

 Marijuana compounds brewed using yeast by Canadian biotech firms: Yeast fermentation technique allows researchers to isolate cannabinoids for treatment of different diseases   

I‘ve poured-through the numerous comments at the end of the article. A common complaint is “why don’t we just allow everyone to grow their own strains of plants, that are naturally high in those cannabinoids (CBs)?  As someone who has done hands-on Health Canada approved marihuana extraction research, there is a good reason why this won’t / can’t happen at a person’s home … Other than THC and cannabidiol (CBD) the vast majority of the other CBs are just in way too low of concentration. For example, one would need something like 10-50 kg of dried plant material to get maybe 500 mg of the specific CB. In other situations, the plants genes convert some of the key CBs to CBD or THC at various stages of growth, such as in the initiation of the flowering process.

Who should be the retailers dispensing medical marihuana to patients?

This is a very good article. Spoiler alert – it not liquor stores.  “Selling Cannabis: The Right Fit” by Alison McMahon

Will it be easier to obtain a Producer’s Licence under the MMPR?

Well, it couldn’t be any more difficult than the previous government, at the very least!  Will it be more straight-forward, and thus easier & quicker to obtain a Producer’s Licence?

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Our focus


Since 1999, ICS Inc. has assisted countless developers, manufacturers, packagers, labellers, distributors and importers / exporters to meet their requirements within Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Our focus is on the pharmaceutical, natural health product (NHP) / dietary supplement, cosmetic, food, consumer chemical and medical device industries. This is primarily in two major areas:

1.       Quality Assurance (QA) programs such as: GMP / cGMP, GLP, GCP, GPP, ISO               9000, ISO 13485, ISO 14000, ISO 17025, and HACCP / ISO xxxx;

2.       Regulatory Affairs (RA) services such as:

a. Product registrations (DINs & NHPs);
b. Cosmetic Notifications (CNs)
c. Label & marketing material compliance;
d. Drug establishment licence (DEL) & NHP site licence (SL) applications / renewals.

3.       Other Services: such as

a. technical research & writing;
b. being the Importer of Record (IoR) for foreign companies wishing to import into Canada, but don’t have a contract logistics warehouse.
c. sourcing: raw materials (RMs), packaging materials (PMs), active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and production or testing equipment;
d. sourcing contract manufacturers & quality control labs.

4.        We don’t offer lab services.

Our focus is on Consulting. Therefore, please see our attached Policy relating to this.

Use of an Independent Lab.


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