May 2014

Source Nutraceutical, Inc. E-Newsletter

Welcome to our E-Newsletter, your “one-stop” for the information you need to ensure success in the Canadian market. Learn about current issues and how they may affect your business, what’s new at Source Nutraceutical, Inc., how we can help you and where you can find us.

Beanitos packaging compliance

Is Your Packaging Compliant?

Here’s a quick quiz for you:

  1. What information on your label must be in both French and English?
  2. What information must be placed on the principal display panel?
  3. Does the required minimum type height vary with the size of the principal display panel?
  4. Can you have both metric and Imperial measures on your label?
  5. Can you refer to the Food & Drugs Act & Regulations on your label?
  6. Is the US Nutrition Facts Panel identical to the Canadian Nutrition Facts Panel?
  7. Is the US Supplement Facts Panel permitted on the natural health products sold in Canada?
  8. Is mustard a priority allergen in Canada? The United States?

Do you know the answers to these questions? If not, you’re not alone. Whether you are dealing in foods, drugs, supplements, cosmetics, organics, and/or consumer products, labelling requirements are tricky and often times very confusing. That is why you need experts, like the Source Nutraceutical Graphics and Regulatory Teams, to guide you through the myriad of requirements and ensure you have a compliant label. Although some requirements are spelled out in the relevant regulations, e.g. the Food & Drug Regulations, the Natural Health Products Regulations, and The Cosmetic Regulations, there are also the general provisions of the Consumer Packaging & Labelling Act & Regulations that also must be respected. In addition to mandatory label copy (required by law) there is also the marketing or romance copy that is used to promote your product. Guidance for food labels is provided in the recently revised “Industry Labelling Tool” and for over-the-counter drugs and natural health products, help is found in the Consumer Advertising Guidelines for Marketed Health Products.

Source Nutraceutical, Inc. has all the resources under one roof to create and/or bring your label into compliance. Our in house Graphics team works closely with our Regulatory team to ensure the accuracy and placement of the required regulatory text as well as the acceptability of the romance copy. We also have in house translation services to ensure the correct translation of your label text.

Tired of taking your label copy to a regulatory consultant, then to a translator and then to a graphic designer? Contact Source Nutraceutical, Inc. today to learn how we can simplify the process, protect your proprietary information and get your products to market quickly, compliantly and cost effectively.

Is Your Website Compliant?

sourcesite-270x300In order to extend their marketing reach companies often put website links on their product labels; however, if you do this, the website must also be in compliance with relevant laws and guidelines. If a health claim for example, is not permitted on your label, then it is also not permitted on your website. Health Canada has taken to reviewing websites of companies selling products in Canada so they can see how you really intend on marketing the product. Depending on the type of products you are selling you may need distinct websites for Canada, the United States and any other jurisdictions that you are selling into.

What Else Can We Help You With?

  • Packaging design
  • Website design & development
  • Country Specific Websites
  • Strategic Branding services (logos, tag lines)
  • Point of sale marketing materials (banners, brochures, displays, etc.)
  • Trade show materials (banner stands, corporate apparel, etc.)
  • Printing services (digital, label, Sheetfed, Web, direct marketing, etc.)
  • GS1 (ECC-Net) registration
  • Universal product codes (UPC)

Did You Know?

Pom Wonderful is suing Coca-Cola under the Lanham Act; a law that allows companies to sue competitors that misrepresent their products. In this case, Coca Cola’s Pomegranate Blueberry beverage is under attack. In spite of its name, the beverage contains 0.3 % pomegranate juice, 0.2 % blueberry juice, and 99.4 % apple juice. Pom Wonderful, a company that has built its reputation on the healthful benefits of pomegranate juice is taking exception to this type of practice in the marketplace. In Coca Cola’s defence they say that their label is in compliance with the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) labelling practices and that they are allowed to label the product based on its flavor, rather than on its composition. Regardless of the legal outcome it will have significant implications for the food and beverage industry in the United States.

Whatever your regulatory, packaging and/or fulfillment needs are – contact Source Nutraceutical today to learn how we can help you achieve brand success and market penetration in 2014/2015 (info@sourcenutra.ca).

Source Nutraceutical, Inc. is your “one-stop-solution” for regulatory compliance, graphic design, mandatory bilingual (English & French translation) labeling and importation and fulfillment services for foods, natural health products, cosmetics, medical devices and pharmaceutical products in Canada. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your products to market quickly, compliantly and cost effectively.

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