What consumer groups say nutrition labelling will do: Make Canadians more diet-conscious and reduce diet-related disease.
Encourage producers to improve the nutritional quality of their foods.
What consumer groups say is the problem with current nutrition labelling regulations: They're not mandatory.
Producers are only required to divulge nutrition information when a nutrition claim is made on the label.
Producers are not required to disclose the fact that food may be high in undesirable contents.
What some producers do to hide undesirable ingredients: List the ingredients in an inconspicuous place or sideways in fine print against a difficult-to-read red background.
What the feds are proposing: Producers will be required to list the amount of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium on packaged food products.
Only health and nutrition claims that are explicitly approved by the government can appear on food labels.
What the feds did not include in proposed regs: The listing of refined sugars and folic acid.
Nutrition labels on packaged meat (a major source of saturated fat), poultry, seafood, in-store baked goods, fruits and vegetables.
Tightened rules on making health claims.
What consumer groups say the proposed regs will still allow producers to do: Make nutrition claims for foods like fatty ice cream, cheeses and onion rings, sugary preserves and salty pickles.
Allow third-party health charities to endorse products.
Allow "reduced," "low" and "free" claims for fat, even though products may be high in calories.
Why consumer groups say fruit and vegetables should be included: So consumers can compare nutritional content of canned and frozen vegetables.
What consumer groups say poor diets cost the health-care system each year: about $6.3 billion
What reforming label requirements will save health care: about $5 billion