The Canadian Nutrient File (CNF) is the standard reference food composition database reporting the amount of nutrients in foods commonly consumed in Canada. This nutrition research tool is integral to many activities within Health Canada such as setting policies, standards and regulations, risk assessment studies and food consumption surveys.
Other government users include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Statistics Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In addition, the CNF is utilized by a large spectrum of external users, including hospitals, universities, food manufacturers and the general public.
A combination of expanding information linking diet habits to health and disease, as well as the boom in personal computer technology, has resulted in a large number of individuals and organizations that are now seeking and utilizing Canadian food nutrient data.
For information related to nutrient data posted by Health Canada, you can contact the Canadian Nutrient File