Canada’s New Food Guide Has Dairy Producers Worried

Health Canada will soon be presenting a new Canada Food Guide, reviewed and corrected. The ministry has launched a guidance document that should inspire the next Guide.

Some dairy producers are concerned about some of the recommendations. In fact, milk will lose its category in this Guide.

One of the recommendations is to regularly consume fruits and vegetables, whole grains and foods rich in vegetable protein.

Health Canada is even proposing to replace cream, cheese and butter with unsaturated lipids such as nuts or avocado, recalling that natural water must remain the first choice beverage.
Nutritionist Valérie Lebel explains that removing the industries from the Issue Table will have a positive effect on the new Guide which will be more neutral.

“Dairy products did not have to be present and have their own category on the Food Guide. Vegetable drinks are also good. And in addition we can find calcium and vitamin D elsewhere, we know. Milk is still a good food, we must put it forward without putting it on a pedestal, “adds Valérie Lebel.
The recommendations worry dairy farmers who are already seeing a drop in dairy consumption in recent years.

To want to remove the category of dairy products, for us it is nonsense. By being in the industry, we are certainly worried. One wonders what Health Canada intends by removing something that is also good for people’s health, “says Gabriel Belzile, president of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Dairy Farmers Union.
The extended public consultation surrounding the redesign of Canada’s Food Guide ended earlier this week. The first parts of the new Guide should be presented early in 2018.

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About the Author: Erin Phan

Erin Phan Is a researcher and law student at York University (TORONTO). She has worked as the Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program. She worked for American law firms in Moscow, Russia for three years. Hegraduated from Columbia Law School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Harvard College. She research interest is in human rights and health law, with a particular focus on the law and policy of vaccination.

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