During a recent conference call for its Chemical Management Plan
Phase II, Health Canada indicated that it would be proceeding with
amendments to the food colouring declaration requirements under the
Food and Drug Regulations. This proposal stems from Health
Canada's 2010 consultation on a proposal to eliminate the
option of listing food colours in the list of ingredients under the
general term "colour" and instead require food colours to
be identified by their common name or a numerical identifier.
Health Canada indicated that no decisions have been made as to the
nomenclature that would be required under the revised
As of writing, no draft regulations have been published. It is
expected that there will be a significant comment period for the
industry following the publication of draft regulations in the
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