Nutritional Expertise

Consumers are more and more interested about the quality of the foods they eat. They regularly consult the Nutrition Facts tables and they expect that the values declared in the table be representative of the actual nutritional composition of the product and that the value-added claims highlighting the product’s nutritional qualities be truthful.

Who other than a nutritionist could best handle nutritional labelling?
A nutritionist specialized in food labeling, a nutritionist from ACC Label.

Since 1990, ACC Label’s nutritionists provide the following professional nutritional services:

  • nutritional analyses
  • production of Nutrition Facts tables
  • identification of beneficial nutritional food product features and selection of appropriate nutrition-related claims
  • recommendations to improve the nutritional profile of food products
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Nutritional Analyses

The nutritional composition of a product, i.e. its energy value (Calories) and nutrient content (protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals) may be determined either by:

  • Laboratory Analysis or
  • Database Analysis

ACC Label offers advice regarding the most appropriate nutritional analysis method, considering the nature of the product and the clients’ objectives. Sometimes a combination of the two methods is the best solution.

How to verify whether a laboratory is accredited?

  1. Go to the Standards Council of Canada page.
  2. Select Find an accredited laboratory.
  3. Under Filter Lab, select Testing Laboratories;
  4. Under Filter by field of testing, select Chemical/Physical
  5. Under Filter by lab program, select Agriculture Inputs,
    Food, Animal Health and Plant Protection
    .
  6. Under Scope Suspended?, select No
  7. Then, filter by country and by province.
  8. Select a laboratory, and click on scope of accreditation.

Laboratory Nutritional Analysis

This method chemically decomposes the products analysed.

ACC Label generally recommends that nutritional analyses of food products be carried out by a reputable laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 standards by the Standards Council of Canada. Laboratory results most accurately reflect the actual product composition.

Database Nutritional Analysis

This method consists of a series of computations based on the product’s written recipe and the nutrient contribution of each ingredient.

The educational background of ACC Label’s nutritionists, combined with our regulatory expertise and our long experience in the field, makes us the best suited professionals to conduct database nutritional analyses, and address your nutritional labelling needs.

Nutrition Facts Table

Étiquette des valeurs nutritive complète

Once a product is analyzed, in a laboratory or by database, the results obtained are used to prepare a Nutrition Facts table according to the regulatory requirements.

To ensure all graphic requirements are respected, ACC Label provides the Nutrition Facts table in print-ready Encapsulated PostScript format (EPS file). Thus the graphic artist can simply insert the Nutrition Facts table directly into the label design without worrying about the numerous typographical requirements.

Nutrient- or Health-Related Claims

To attract the consumer’s attention on a food product’s nutritional qualities, regulations allow several types of claims. For example:

Nutrient-Content Claims

which qualify in words the amount of nutrients in the product. For example:

  • Source of X essential nutrients
  • No … (e.g.: fat, cholesterol, sodium, …)

Function Claims

related to the effects that a food has on the normal functions of the body. For example:

  • Consumption of 1 cup of green tea increases antioxidant capacity in the blood.

Nutrient Function Claims

about the role of specific nutrients contained in the product, such as:

  • Calcium aids in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth
  • Vitamin E, a dietary antioxidant

Disease Risk Reduction Claims

linking a food to a reduced risk of developing a diet-related disease or condition in the context of the total diet. For example :

  • Non-cariogenic
  • A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer.

The regulations also allow other types of claims: quantitative and comparative nutrient-content claims, probiotic claims, weight maintenance claims, Canada’s Food Guide servings claims, etc.

Of course, each claim is subject to several conditions prescribed in the Food and Drug Regulations. ACC Label takes a weight off your shoulders by:

  • Identifying the nutritional qualities of your products;
  • Verifying the qualifying conditions for the claims considered for your product;
  • Proposing claims and formulating them adequately, in French and in English;
  • Including any disclaimer required and triggered by the claim.

 

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