Nutritional Fact Table

A nutrition facts table gives you information on:

information on the 13 core nutrients:   

Here is a list of some of the nutrients that are optional to include:

  • folate
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • riboflavin
  • selenium
  • thiamine
  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin E
  • zinc

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Foods that do not have a nutrition facts table

Most packaged food in Canada must have a nutrition facts table by law

the following foods do not need to have a nutrition facts table:

  • Fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Raw meat and poultry (except when it is ground)
  • Raw seafood
  • One-bite confections that are individually sold
  • Milk sold in refillable glass containers
  • Individual servings of food meant to be eaten immediately
  • Foods prepared or processed in-store made from its ingredients, such as:
    • Bakery items
    • Salads

Other exceptions include:

  • Beverages with an alcohol content over 0.5%
  • Foods, prepared, processed and sold at a:
    • Road-side stand
    • Craft show
    • Flea market
    • Fair
    • Farmers’ market
    • Sugar bush

You will not find a nutrition facts table on foods that contain very few nutrients, such as:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Vinegar
  • Spices

Restaurants and food service businesses also do not need to provide a nutrition facts table with their products.

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