Alcoholic beverages (ICS Codes: 67.160.10)
Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Flavoured Purified Alcohol) (36 pages available in English and French)
The proposed regulations would amend the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) to restrict the alcohol content in single-serve containers of flavoured purified alcoholic beverages to protect Canadians from unintentional overconsumption of alcohol. These products are processed such that they do not taste like alcohol and are sold with multiple servings of alcohol in what appears to be a single-serve container.
The proposed amendments would define a new class of product, "flavoured purified alcohol", comprising all beverages: (1) that are made from an alcohol base which has been purified through a process other than distillation; and (2) that have been flavoured and/or sweetened with the end result being a beverage that tastes like the added flavours and not like alcohol. The alcohol content of beverages meeting this new definition would be limited to a maximum of 1.5 standard Canadian drinks when they are packaged in containers of any type of a volume of 1000 mL or less. As defined in Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines, 1.5 standard drinks is equal to 25.6 mL of alcohol). An exemption is proposed for flavoured purified alcoholic beverages packaged in glass containers of a volume of 750 mL or higher, which is a recognized multi-serve beverage format in Canada.