Support Change to Canada’s Dietary Guidelines
December 16, 2016
Our Initial Open Letter
When we learned that Health Canda was to begin open consultation about the Food Guide, we submitted a letter with 190 signatures from concerned Canadian physicians and allied health providers.
July 24, 2017
Response From the Health Minister
We received this response to our rebuttal letter from the Health Minister, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, which does not address our concerns about the inadequacies of the Food Guide and the ‘evidence base’.
Reply to Health Minister
Our latest reply to the Health Minister’s letter in which we note the failure to address our ongoing concerns, and highlight flaws in their ‘evidence base’. Despite asking for a meeting to review our concerns, we have received no further response.
Front of Package Labelling
We submitted this letter in response to Health Canada’s proposed front of packaged labelling for sugar, salt and saturated fat. The scientific evidence clearly does not support the existing recommendations to limit salt and saturated fat. Find a detailed summary of the evidence on salt and saturated fat here.
Here is a letter you can send to your Member of Parliament regarding front of package labelling on salt and saturated fat.
Meeting with Health canada
After 1.5 years of advocacy efforts, members of the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition were invited to Ottawa to meet with Health Canada to discuss the proposed Food Guide changes and Front of Package labelling. This was a very positive meeting, and we had meaningful discussion regarding our concerns with the evidence surrounding saturated fat and salt. We left Health Canada with this letter outlining our recommendations.
The next step is to have our Parliamentary petition presented by John Aldag, our supporting Member of Parliament. The petition is open for signatures until July 18, 2018.
Final Letter to Minister of Health
In May 2018, members of the CCTN met with Health Canada, and advised that Front of Package warnings on saturated fat and salt are not supported by evidence. The experts do not agree. If the experts do not agree, then we cannot issue population-wide guidelines to restrict saturated fat and salt. Taking sides in an unanswered scientific question is both cavalier and potentially dangerous to Canadians, and risks unintended health consequences.
The CCTN has written a final letter to the Minister of Health, where we advise of our ongoing concerns about these proposed Front of Package warnings. These warnings appear to be going ahead despite Health Canada hearing from both front line physicians like us, and from renowned Canadian epidemiologists and scientists. Read a copy of the letter here, where we urge the Minister of Health to conduct an independent scientific review of the evidence before proceeding with these warning labels.