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New halal labelling requirements in effect in 2016


July 15, 2014
By Bakers Journal

July 15, 2014, Ottawa – Come April 2016, food products labelled as halal will be required to provide the name of the certifying body.

July 15, 2014, Ottawa – Come April 2016, food products labelled as halal will be required to provide the name of the certifying body.

New halal labelling
requirements are intended to help consumers by requiring all
food products labelled as halal to include the name of the certifying
body, said the government in a media statement. Consumers will have the assurance that halal food products meet a
specific certifying body's standard so they can make informed food
decisions about purchasing products that meet their religious
requirements.

The amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on April 23, 2014, and will come into effect on April 4, 2016.

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These regulations will also help industry by providing
consistency and preventing mislabelling practices and claims regarding
halal food products, said the government.

"By making this change,
industry will be able to provide consumers with the information they
need to make informed decisions about halal food products," said Brad Butt, member of Parliament for Mississauga – Streetsville, in the statement.


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