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Volume 14, Number 5 - May 2014

Hello from Food Label News. The series on Package Claims continues this month with part 6 of 8 installments as we examine nutrient content claims for Canada. We also cover a frequently asked question about when "juice" can be used as the product descriptor on a compliant food label. And, news from the Food Label Community includes a discussion on a Supreme Court ruling and other important topics relevant to food labelers including key takeaways from a recent conference. Be sure to view the discussion as part of this group on LinkedIn.

In this issue you'll find:


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Package Claims: U.S & Canada - Part 6 of 8
Canadian Nutrient Content Claims

What's News in the Food Label Community

Reader Q&A: Product Naming for Juice Drinks


Karen C. Duester, President

Package Claims: U.S. & Canada
Part 6 of 8
Canadian Nutrient Content Claims

This month's installment in our 8-part series overviews Canadian nutrient content claims and quantitative declarations outside the Nutrition Facts table. This series is designed to help food labelers become familiar with what claims and label statements are allowable and how to position a product's nutritional attributes to achieve marketing objectives.

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Side-by-side Comparison of Nutrition Facts for U.S. & Canada



Nutrient content claims in Canada are statements or expressions that describe (directly or indirectly) the level of a nutrient in a food or group of foods. Consult the guide for details about nutrient content claims in Canada and see a side-by-side comparison vs. U.S. for qualifying criteria. Note the helpful examples and explanations of allowable and non-allowable quantitative declarations outside the Nutrition Facts table.

View/print Part 6 of the series.

If you missed earlier parts of the series you can view and download them now: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. The print-ready pages from all parts of the series will add up the complete regulatory guide for U.S. and Canadian package claims.

What's News in the Food Label Community

Key takeaways from the Federal Food Regulatory Conference

POM v Coke at the U.S. Supreme Court

Is "No Added MSG*" valid on products with naturally-occurring glutamates?

Evaporated Cane Juice: FDA reopened comment period

New NOP final guidance for "Made with Organic..." claims

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Reader Q&A

Find answers to our readers' questions or send us your question for an upcoming issue.


If a product contains either 1% juice or no juice at all, can the word "juice" be included on the label? I thought it had to contain 100% juice, yet I see several brands of kids’ drinks that don’t follow this rule. Are these labels in compliance?" 
D.F., Illinois, Manufacturer and Co-packer


For products that include more than 0% and less than 100% juice and include "juice" in the product name, the word "juice" must be qualified by a descriptor such as "drink," "cocktail," or "beverage" to differentiate it from 100% juice. For example: juice drink, juice cocktail, or juice beverage. A drink with 0% juice cannot include "juice" in the product name. More Q&As.

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