Food-specific requirements and guidance – Fresh fruits or vegetables

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, other requirements will be introduced in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

Information

Before you review information related specifically to fresh fruits or vegetables, read the information on General food requirements and guidance. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) set out many requirements that apply across food commodities, along with the specific requirements highlighted here.

Additional requirements for Food imports and Food exports may apply also to your business.

Know the requirements

Regulatory requirements: Fresh fruits or vegetables
An explanation of the requirements found in Part 6, Division 6 – Fresh fruits or vegetables of the SFCR. Get a better understanding of the requirements to help you determine if you meet them.

Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 2, Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Learn about the grade requirements for fresh fruits or vegetables.

Grade Names for Imported Food
Check items 4-33 in this table for information relevant to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Grade Standard Requirements for Fresh Fruits or Vegetables Imported from the United States
Learn how imported fresh fruits or vegetables from the United States can meet the Canadian grade requirements.

Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods
Units of measurement for prepackaged food, consumer prepackaged food and prepackaged food other than consumer prepackaged food.

Food-specific export requirements – Fresh fruit and vegetables
Details on ensuring certain fresh fruit and vegetable products are eligible for export certification.

Maximum Quantity Limits for Personal Use Exemption
There are quantity limits defined for fresh fruits or vegetables that determine whether you can qualify for a personal use exemption.

Preventive control recommendations

Preventive controls for food – Fresh fruits or vegetables
Find information on select preventive control recommendations for operators to help mitigate food safety risks associated with the preparation of fresh fruits or vegetables.

Related information

Food business activities that require a license under the SFCR
Learn more about specific fresh fruit or vegetable related activities that would or would not require a licence under the SFCR.

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