The Liberal Government is looking to put warning labels on healthy food options.

Conservative Associate Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, John Barlow, says the labels would be on items such as cheese, yogurt, and meat products.

He says the warning labels would identify products with high salt, high sugar, and high fat, even if they are all natural.

"For example, going to the grocery store you might be picking up that package of yogurt you usually put in your child's lunch, but now Health Canada wants to put a warning label on that yogurt saying it's either high in sugar, high in salt, or high in fat, whether that's good fat, bad fat, who makes that decision? So instead, a mom and dad looking at that warning label are going to find an alternative product that doesn't have that warning label on it, while a bag of sugar-free gummy bears will not have that warning label on it."

He says the warning labels will significantly impact our commodities.

"Canadians are going to look at those warning labels and think, oh my gosh I shouldn't be eating these foods, so they're going to make other choices. Our Canadian producers, agri-food processors are going to be taking a hit. Their products aren't going to be selling."

To Barlow's understanding, this is something they've been working on for quite some time, and it's something they're going ahead with.

"Initially it was going to be stop signs on food, but now it sounds like they may be easing off on that, it may be a different sort of sign."

Barlow says they're going to be making these statements based on bad science.

"None of these decisions are based on a balanced approach, new studies, a broad consultation with experts from various fields, and again, not including agriculture and agri-food processors who deal with these things every single day."

These warning labels will also make it difficult to open up new markets, he says.

"How are we supposed to go to these other countries and say, our Canadian food safety is amongst the healthiest in the world, our quality is world class, how do we sell that to the rest of the world when we're demonizing it in our own country?"

Barlow says the warning labels could be announced very quickly.

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