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e-1597 (Labelling of food products)

Initiated by Barbra Allen Bradshaw from Abbotsford, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Health

  • Canadians are struggling under the burden of preventable nutritional disease. Health Canada recently announced proposed front of package labelling regarding salt, sugar and saturated fat. Population-wide nutritional policies must be backed by strong and consistent scientific evidence. In the case of salt and saturated fats, the data does not support these recommendations;
  • Recent studies all concluded that a moderate amount (3-5g daily) of sodium is an optimal, population-wide recommendation. Below this amount, an increased risk of disease and death is seen. There is no data showing that reducing sodium intake below 3 g/day in entire populations is effective or safe;
  • Saturated fats were condemned in the 1950s based on weak and unreliable data. The evidence since then has failed to support the diet-heart hypothesis. Limiting saturated fats may cause harm: the largest observational study to date found low consumption of saturated fats was associated with higher rates of mortality and stroke; and
  • Good science is the best way to inform public health policy. The potential harm to Canadians by enacting these warning labels should be a cause for grave concern.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to:
1) Abandon front of package labelling and warnings on salt and saturated fat;
2) End the reliance upon the US Dietary Guidelines, deemed to “lack scientific rigour" by National Academies of Science; and
3) Conduct an independent scientific review of Health Canada's 'Evidence Review for Dietary Guidance' and the proposed Guide changes by an impartial scientific committee.
Government response tabled on November 1, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-105-03)
Open for signature
March 20, 2018, at 2:25 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 18, 2018, at 2:25 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
John Aldag (Cloverdale—Langley City)
September 26, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02663)
Government response tabled
November 1, 2018
Photo - John Aldag
Cloverdale—Langley City
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia