Category: Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

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Blakes Cannabis Summit 2017

October 3, 2017

Join leaders in the Canadian cannabis industry for an in-depth look at the legal and regulatory landscape of medical and recreational cannabis. The Blakes Cannabis Summit will feature thought leaders from across the sector in Canada and the U.S., along with Blakes lawyers, who will delve into the latest developments, potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses intersecting…

Government of Canada Finalizes Food Labelling Changes

December 21, 2016

On December 14, 2016, the Government of Canada announced amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) by publishing the Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours). The amendments will bring significant changes to the labelling of food products, including changes to standardize serving sizes, amend the nutrients listed in the nutrition…

Amendments to Ontario’s Calorie Disclosure Requirements

October 12, 2016

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recently announced amendments to the regulations (Regulations) under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (Act), which, among other things, add new categories of items exempt from the Act’s labelling requirements. These amendments were made to clarify and provide further guidance on the Act. The Regulations have now been finalized and set out…

Let’s Eat: New Calorie Disclosure Requirements Coming to an Ontario Restaurant Near You

September 26, 2016

Big changes are coming to Ontario’s restaurant landscape. As of January 1, 2017, the Healthy Menu Choices Act (Act) will require food service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario to disclose calorie information for most standard food and drink items on menus, labels, tags and signage. The changes will require many in the food service sector to implement…

Ontario Wine Causing Headaches: Vintners Struggle to Comply with Labelling Laws

March 7, 2016

Regulated by the federal and provincial governments and the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA), wine labelling requirements in Ontario can be complicated. This can make it difficult to comply. Despite this, it’s important to adhere to the various requirements as the repercussions for non-compliance can be hard on both the pocket book and the day-to-day business of a winery, particularly if…

Food and Beverage Class Actions in Canada: What Are the Litigation Risks?

February 10, 2016

Class actions in Canada are on the rise. With the imposition of strong consumer protection laws, expanding regulation of food and health generally, and enhanced government scrutiny, consumers are increasingly taking on companies for failure to fulfil legal requirements or for engaging in false or misleading advertising. This trend is particularly heating up in the food and beverage industry, where…

Canada Positioned to Impose C$1-Billion in Retaliatory Surtaxes on Imports

December 8, 2015

Under international trade rules, as of December 7, 2015, Canada has the right to impose just over C$1-billion per year in surtaxes on goods imported from the U.S. This is due to a decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator who ruled that Canada may impose additional border taxes on any goods of its choosing in retaliation for the…

Health Canada Pushes Forward with Nutrition Labelling Changes

June 24, 2015

On June 13, 2015, the Government of Canada published proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) that, if adopted, would significantly change key elements of the nutrition labelling of food products. The most notable amendments include changes to standardize serving sizes, amend the nutrients listed in the nutrition facts table, modify the way sugars are listed, and allow…

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