New labelling regulations are giving Canadians access to consistent nutrition information across many food categories.

The initiative, introduced by the Canadian government in 2003, lists amounts of calories and 13 core nutrients on most packages. Single ingredient products including fresh produce and un-ground raw meat are exempt from the regulations, which took effect 12 December. Businesses with sales under CAD1m (US$865,000) have a two-year extension.

More than 66% of Canadians use labels as a source of nutrition information, according to Food & Consumer Products of Canada, which says the food industry committed more than CAD260m over three years for packaging redesign to accommodate nutrition tables, analysis, translation and printing. It will take several months for all products to reflect the new label.