Proposed Amendments to the Healthy Menu Choices Act

July 25, 2016 | Richard D. Leblanc

The Ontario government has posted a proposed amendment to Regulation 50/16 (“menu labelling regulation”) under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (“Act”). The Act requires food service premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario selling standard food items to post calories on their menus, labels and display tags.

The proposed amendment clarifies specific sections of the menu labelling regulation.  Both the Act and regulation come into force on January 1, 2017, with the exception of the updated contextual statement that would come into force on January 1, 2018.

In summary, the proposed amendment:[1]

    1. Defines “grocery store”;
    2. Clarifies which specific forms of advertisements are not menus;
    3. Indicates which additional standard food items would be exempt;
    4. Exempts standard food items in vending machines; 
    5. Specifies calorie posting requirements for standard food items that are displayed in bulk form. 
    6. Includes the following requirements for the contextual statement, which would come into effect on January 1, 2018:
      “Approximate daily calorie needs are as follows, however individual calorie needs may vary:
      • Adults: 2000-2400 cals
      • Children aged 2-9: 1100-1500 cals
      • Children aged 10-17: 1500-2450 cals”

Click here to view a copy of the proposed amendment. Comments on the proposal will be received until August 4, 2016.

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[1] Amendment to Regulation 50/16 under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015,
   http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=22322&language=en

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