Category: Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

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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…

Federal Government’s Mandatory Grain Shipment Rules Not Extended

April 6, 2015

The grain shipment rules (Rules) enacted by the Canadian government—the most recent iteration of which expired on March 28, 2015—have not been renewed. Thus, for the first time since March 7, 2014, the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) are not subject to special shipment requirements designed to ensure the elimination of backlogs of…

Another Refreshing Decision: Certification Denied in B.C. vitaminwater® Class Action

October 29, 2014

  INTRODUCTION   Earlier this month, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its judgment in Clark v. Energy Brands Inc.and refused to certify a proposed class proceeding regarding alleged breaches of British Columbia’s Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA) in relation to the labelling and marketing of vitaminwater® beverages. This follows a previous decision in June by the Quebec…

Food Labelling Claims in Canada

October 9, 2014

North American companies in the food and beverage industry have become frequent targets of food labelling claims. Although most litigious activity in this area has been occurring in the U.S., these claims are also being commenced in Canada. Blakes lawyers with expertise in the corporate, regulatory and litigation issues raised by these types of claims will present crucial information on…

A Refreshing Decision: Quebec Court Refuses to Authorize vitaminwater® Class Action

June 20, 2014

  On June 11, 2014, the Quebec Superior Court rendered an important class action decision in the matter of Wilkinson c. Coca-Cola Ltd., dismissing a motion for authorization to institute a class action against Coca-Cola Ltd. and Energy Brands Inc., who were accused of making false representations regarding the contents and benefits of vitaminwater® beverages.     FACTUAL CONTEXT   The…

A Refreshing Decision: Quebec Court Refuses to Authorize vitaminwater® Class Action

June 20, 2014

  On June 11, 2014, the Quebec Superior Court rendered an important class action decision in the matter ofWilkinson c. Coca-Cola Ltd., dismissing a motion for authorization to institute a class action against Coca-Cola Ltd. and Energy Brands Inc., who were accused of making false representations regarding the contents and benefits of vitaminwater® beverages.     FACTUAL CONTEXT   The…

Ontario Proposes Calorie Counts on Menus

March 11, 2014

  On February 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 162, Making Healthier Choices Act, 2014 (Act). This follows an announcement in October 2013 that the Ontario government would begin consultations regarding legislation requiring restaurants to include calories and other nutritional information on their menus. If passed, the Act would require restaurant chains and other food service providers with 20 or more…

Happy Hour for Brewers: Government to Modernize Standards for Craft Beer

February 20, 2014

  The Government of Canada announced in its 2014 federal budget that it intends to modernize the compositional standards for beer under the Food and Drug Regulations. Recognizing that certain provisions in the Food and Drug Regulations are not maximizing the potential for growth and innovation in the beer industry, the government will be updating these compositional standards to account for new styles…

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