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Local Food 101

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are labelled Organic and others Natural.  What is the difference between Grass Fed Beef and Corn Fed Beef?  Should you buy the Free Range Eggs or those from Free Run Hens?  Are there Nutritional advantages of one over the other?  And who makes the decisions concerning Certification and Labelling in Canada?  If you have asked any of these questions, then this section is for you! 

Based on some of the most commonly-asked questions about our food, Foodlink has compiled Local Food 101 to help you navigate through the confusion that surrounds food and agriculture terminology today. 

Choose topics to explore from the categories listed below.  This list will grow over time.  Should there be a term that's not here that you'd like to see covered, please let us know.  We'll do our homework to help get you the facts on your food!

Made in Canada

As of December 31st, 2008, a food product may claim Product of Canada when all major ingredients, processing, and labour used to make the food product are Canadian. This means that a cookie made with all Canadian ingredients, except vanilla, could still be labelled Product of Canada.

A new qualified Made in Canada claim will be applied to a label or advertisement when the last substantial transformation of the product occurred in Canada, even if some ingredients are sourced from other countries.  For example, apple juice processed in Canada using apples of Chinese origin would have a label that read “Made in Canada from imported ingredients”.