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Health Canada proposes new food packaging symbol

Health Canada is preparing to launch public consultations on a proposed new food packaging regulation. The Government of Canada proposal would create a new front-of-package nutrition symbol to allow consumers to easily identify food products that are high in nutrients "of public health concern," including sodium, sugars and saturated fat. This will accompany the existing "Nutrition Facts" panel on the back or side of a package. The consultations will run from Feb. 9 to April 26.

"The consultations launched today are geared towards helping Canadians make healthier food choices," said Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor. "Identifying foods that are high in sodium, sugars, or saturated fat is not always easy, and this front-of-package symbol will make it clearer while shopping for groceries. I invite all Canadians to participate in the process by giving us feedback on the proposed symbols."

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