Consumers use labels on food products to determine whether the foods they buy come from Canada, including the Canadian ingredients in a product, and/or if it was manufactured in Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a public consultation on the labelling guidelines for “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada.”
In a CFIA news release, the agency says that Canadians want information about the Canadian content of their food to make purchasing decisions that match their personal interest. "The current guidelines make it difficult for consumers to identify products with Canadian content. And they do not align with guidelines used in some provinces and territories, such as Quebec and Manitoba."
An example familiar to Canadian horticulture is apple juice. Much apple concentrate comes from China, and the labelling is not as clear as it could be for truly Canadian produced and processed apple juice. Another example cited by CFIA is a jar of pickles - grown and processed in Canada, but it can't be called "Product of Canada" because the vinegar isn't Canadian made. At the current 98 per cent threshold for Canadian content, the jar of pickles would qualify.
The current labelling guidelines and proposed changes are shown in the CFIA news release. To participate in the online survey, go to CFIA survey.
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency May 27, 2019 news release