"The food industry has a transition period of 5 years to make these changes."
Never use what's in the market as a guide for what's legal on your food labels. Many manufacturers either do not know better, are willing to take the risk due to low enforcement, or are transitioning to new formats and haven't made the change yet. Know the law yourself, how it's enforced, and be the expert on site.
The law states:
(3) In a list of ingredients, ingredients shall be shown(b) in lower case letters, except that upper case letters shall be used to show
- (i) the first letter of each ingredient or, in the case of a food additive shown in whole or in part by an acronym, the entire acronym, and
- (ii) the alpha-descriptor that forms a part of the common name for a food additive, vitamin or micro-organism;
So the A in "vitamin A" can be capitalized, acronyms can be capitalized (E.g. EDTA), and the first letter of each ingredient can be capitalized. All Canadian products have until December 2021 to make the transition.
Note: I haven't exported to Canada in a while and someone with more expertise may have additional information. I just read the pertinent sections of the law linked above.
QA Manager and food safety blogger in Oregon, USA.
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