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Volume 14, Number 6 - June 2014

Hello from Food Label News. As Spring draws to a close, we celebrate health this season with a focus on health claims in Canada, part of our series on package claims in the U.S. and Canada, and a Reader Q&A on omega-3 fatty acids. Be sure to check out what's happening in the Food Label Community on LinkedIn for more healthy chat. To your health!

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Package Claims: U.S & Canada - Part 7 of 8
Canadian Health Claims

What's News in the Food Label Community

Reader Q&A: %DV for Omega-3s


Karen C. Duester, President

Package Claims: U.S. & Canada
Part 7 of 8
Canadian Health Claims

This month's installment in our 8-part series overviews Canadian health claims. 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.

Reader Favorites

Is enriched flour "natural" in Canada?



Health claims in Canada suggest or imply that a relationship exists between consumption of a food (or an ingredient in the food) and health. Consult the guide for information about disease risk reduction claims and function claims including food or food constituent function claims and nutrient function claims, and get a helpful reference on acceptable nutrient function claims for Canada.

View/print Part 7 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, Part 6. 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

"Made with Sea Salt" claim on a U.S. meat or poultry product

Labeling requirements for Enriched Flour in U.S. and Canada

Louisiana food label submissions

Added Sugars in the Proposed NFP – a passionate topic for many

Proposed NFP public meeting on June 26, comment period now ends August 1

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Reader Q&A

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


I was surprised to find %DV for Omega-3 Fatty Acid (ALA) within the Supplement Facts for flax seed and chia seed labels. It appears that the company used 1.6g as the Daily Value for ALA, although I could not find anything on the FDA website to show that a Daily Value (RDI or DRV) has been set for Omega-3s or ALA. Have I missed something from FDA? 
M.C., Washington, Consultant


You are correct, FDA has not established RDIs or DRVs for any of the Omega-3 Fatty Acids, therefore it is not compliant to show a % Daily Value within the Supplement Facts box. On April 28, 2014 (after you submitted your question), FDA issued a Final Rule prohibiting most Omega-3 Fatty Acid claims but indicated that the agency will not take enforcement action against companies using certain ALA claims based on the earlier Martek notification. In this ruling, FDA did not establish any Daily Values (DVs) for Omega-3s. Read more.

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