Canadian Food Labelling Challenge – Take our quiz!
Are your Labels in Compliance with Canada’s Food Labelling Requirements?
QUESTION 1: THE NET QUANTITY OF A PREPACKAGED FOOD PRODUCT IS 355.2 GRAMS. WHAT IS THE PROPER BILINGUAL LABEL DECLARATION?
- 355.2 g
- 350 g
- 355 g
- 0.35 kg
The answer is 355 g, according to current Canadian rounding regulations.
QUESTION 2: WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS CONSIDERED A PRIORITY ALLERGEN IN THE US, BUT NOT IN CANADA?
The answer is Coconut. A coconut is not even categorized as a tree nut in Canada.
QUESTION 3: WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS CONSIDERED A PRIORITY ALLERGEN IN CANADA, BUT NOT IN THE US?
The answer is Mustard. Mustard can also be a common component to spice mixtures in pre-packaged foods.
QUESTION 4: CARBONATED BEVERAGES HAVE A REFERENCE AMOUNT (RA) OF 375 MILLILITRES. IF WE HAVE A BOTTLE OF CARBONATED DRINK WITH A NET QUANTITY OF 500 MILLILITRES, WHAT IS THE CORRECT SERVING SIZE?
- 1 1/2 cup (375 mL)
- 1 cup (250 mL)
- 1 bottle (500 mL)
- 1/2 bottle (250 mL)
The answer is 1 bottle (500 mL). This product is one single serving.
QUESTION 5: WHERE MUST THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS OF A FOOD PRODUCT BE LOCATED ON A PACKAGING LABEL?
- On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
- On the bottom of the container
- On the front panel
- Adjacent to the Nutrition Facts Table
The answer is any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container.
QUESTION 6: TRUE OR FALSE - I CAN USE THE US FORMAT NUTRITION FACTS PANEL WITH ADDED FRENCH FOR FULL COMPLIANCE IN CANADA.
False. The table on the food product should follow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Food Label Requirements to be compliant.
QUESTION 7: YOU HAVE TWO FOOD COLOURS IN YOUR LIST OF INGREDIENTS -- TARTRAZINE AND ALLURA RED. HOW SHOULD THEY BE DECLARED ON THE CANADIAN FOOD PACKAGE INGREDIENT LIST?
- Colouring agents (Tartrazine, Allura red)
- Tartrazine, Allura red
- Colour additives
Tartrazine, Allura red.
Food colours must be declared in the ingredient list by their permitted food additive name, and are not permitted to be grouped under the general term “colour”.
QUESTION 8: TRUE OR FALSE -- THE PROPER SHELF LIFE DECLARATION IN CANADA IS "BEST BEFORE / MEILLEUR AVANT".
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