Canada pushes for health warnings on mincemeat

CANADA‘s health authority has created a beef with its beef industry about proposed new labels to put a health warning on mince.

New labeling requirements proposed by Health Canada aim to limit sodium, sugars, saturated fats and trans fats in the diet – with the ultimate goal of reducing obesity and chronic non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular illnesses. The mince will need a saturated fat warning.

In terms of volume, ground beef takes up a large share of the market – with over 40% carcasses in Australia and over 50% in North America.

With ground beef in the sights of health authorities, Health Canada has granted “single-ingredient” meats an exemption from labeling requirements. Dairy products were also exempted.

“These products are considered less standardized than ground meats, which makes it difficult to determine precise nutritional values,” the newspaper said.

“Full exemptions have been extended to include foods for which there is scientific evidence of a protective health effect. These are foods that Health Canada does not want to discourage consumption.

The proposal caused a stir with Canada’s representative body for advanced cattle, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, which launched a petition and campaign called “Don’t Tag My Beef.”

Its website stated that hash was an affordable and healthy staple, made more important by current economic challenges.

“This could lead consumers to believe that ground beef is unhealthy when, in fact, it is a healthy, nutrient-dense source of protein that Canadians rely on,” the webpage says.

“Ground beef is a staple food for Canadian families and a staple in households from coast to coast. It is one of the most affordable, convenient and accessible sources of protein for Canadians.

“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that Canadians continue to have access to affordable, accessible and whole, nutritious foods like ground beef. With inflation and rising food prices, we cannot afford Health Canada’s proposed warning label on ground beef. It jeopardizes affordability and has far-reaching negative economic and nutritional impacts on Canadians, especially the most vulnerable.

  • To learn more about the proposal, click here and for more information on the Don’t Label My Beef campaign, click here.

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