Statement by Nancy Croitoru, president and CEO of Food & Consumer Products of Canada, in response to Michael Moss’ book on obesity

Statement by Nancy Croitoru, president and CEO of Food & Consumer Products of Canada, in response to Michael Moss’ book on obesity

Obesity is a serious, complex issue and everyone has a role to play, including food and beverage manufacturers. Michael Moss’ work misrepresents the strong commitment Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers have to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve and maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

We take our role very seriously in addressing this public health issue. We have done a lot and continue to take very important steps.

  • Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers are committed to continuing to innovate and reformulate products in an effort to provide more healthier-for-you products to Canadians. According to an FCPC health and wellness report, 92 per cent of companies improved food products by offering portion control, reformulation or child-sized portions.
     
  • By Health Canada’s own monitoring data, Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers have eliminated trans-fats from over 80 per cent of packaged food products and are committed to the elimination of trans fats from the Canadian food supply.
     
  • FCPC members remain committed to the reduction of sodium in the Canadian food supply.
     
  • FCPC and our members are working in partnership with Health Canada to teach Canadians how to read the Nutrition Facts table so they can compare products and make more informed food choices.
     
  • Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers educate Canadians, promote Canada’s Food Guide, embrace responsible advertising and marketing practices through the Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and support community and workplace wellness programs.

About FCPC:

Food & Consumer Products of Canada is Canada's largest industry association representing the companies that manufacture and distribute the vast majority of food, beverage and consumer goods found on grocery store shelves. Our members provide jobs to almost 300,000 Canadians, and include small and large; multinational and Canadian-owned companies.

 

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For more information contact:

Adam Grachnik
Senior Director, Communications & Events
Food & Consumer Products of Canada
adamg@fcpc.ca
416-510-8088

 

 

 

 
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