Halal claims made on a product label, packaging or in advertising must follow the regulatory requirements. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will take compliance and enforcement actions if the requirements are not met.
These changes do not affect food safety. All food sold in Canada, including halal products, must meet Canada’s stringent food safety standards.
The related amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II, on April 23, 2014.
This amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations will add a specific reference to halal so that a halal claim on a food label, or package or in advertising material, is accompanied by the name of the person or body that certified the food as halal.