Frequently asked questions

About nutrition labelling with Labelify

Q.1 - How does the application work? Do I need to send you my product?

Labelify uses database nutritional analysis, which means it calculates your recipe's nutritional values based on your given ingredients, all from your web browser. We do not analyze your product in a lab, so you don't need to send us your product.

Q.2 - What is on the label?

Once you have added your recipe, you can generate a Nutrition Facts Table and/or an ingredients list, ready to be added to your product label.

Q.3 - Can we print the label?

Yes, you can download a PDF file that is ready to print.

Q.4 - Do you offer lab analysis?

No, Labelify is a nutrition labelling software and does not offer lab analysis.

Q.5 - Are these labels only usable in Canada?

Yes, they are built according to the Canadian regulations provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Q.6 - Do you support the recent food labelling changes?

Yes, only the new format is used. See the Government of Canada’s website for more information on what changed.

Q.7 - What about transformed ingredients, such as cooked, baked, or fried?

Labelify uses database nutritional analysis, which relies on nutrition calculations. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recognize database analysis as valid when the method is deemed suitable for the product. However, significantly altered products are not suitable, for example, deep-fried food, as it is difficult to estimate the amount of fat absorbed during the frying process.

Here is a non-extensive list of processes where you would require lab analysis instead of database nutrition analysis:

  • Deep frying
  • Fermenting
  • Sprouting

Q.8 - Do I need a certification to use these labels?

There is no certification needed to create and use your own labels in Canada.

Q.9 - Is this considered government approved?

There is no approval given by the Government of Canada, as the industry is responsible for ensuring that their nutrition labelling is accurate and follows regulations.

Health Canada recognizes database nutritional analysis (which is what Labelify uses) as valid, as long as it is deemed suitable for your product.

Q.11 - When can I start using the application and making labels?

Right after completing your registration, no delay!

Q.12 - How long do I keep my plan?

All plans are recurring and paid monthly. You can cancel your subscription anytime.

Q.13 - What happens if I don’t renew my plan?

You don’t lose any data. You may still access all your data but cannot modify or add recipes or ingredients.

Q.14 - I only need one label, can I pay one time instead of using a recurring plan?

You may subscribe only for one month to get your label done. Then if you ever need to modify it in the future or create additional labels, you can simply re-activate your account, and your data won't be lost.

Q.15 - Do you translate to french?

You can create bilingual labels and Nutrition Facts Tables, but you have to translate the name of your ingredients. Our ingredients database is already available in both English and French.

Q.16 - My ingredient is not in your database, can you add it?

The ingredients available in our database are from the official Canadian Nutrient File and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You can also easily add your own ingredients in your account using the nutritional values usually provided on the product label.

Q.17 - How do I add my own ingredients?

The process is as simple as entering a name and setting the values for each relevant nutrient. A quick user guide is available in the panel with details about the process.

Q.18 - The nutrients of your ingredient are different from mine

Ingredients in our database are generic rather than brand specific. It is always recommended to input your specific ingredient's values for more accuracy, especially since they vary from one supplier to another.

Q.19 - I changed a value slightly, and the value on the label jumped by much more. Ex.: Vitamin A went from 0% to 2% daily value.

There are strict rules to follow for rounding values on the nutrition facts tables that are pre-established by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Your value most definitely just passed a threshold and got rounded up. Refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website for more details on rounding rules.