Exemptions under the Test Marketing Provision of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations
Labelling Requirements

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The following labelling requirements pertain to:

  • Test Market, dated 27 April 2012, to allow for all required labelling including the declaration of net quantity, grade name, registration number and country origin to be shown in letters and numerals of not less than 1/16 of an inch (1.6 mm) on RPC shipping containers.
  • Test Market, dated 03 August 2009, to allow for the option of affixing the establishment registration number to every pallet of produce in a lot, as an alternative to the mandatory use of the establishment registration number on every container of prepackaged produce conveyed interprovincially from a registered establishment.

Based on these Test Markets, labelling requirements will be amended as follows (bold):

Part II
Packing and Labelling
Labelling

12.(2)  Subject to subsections (5), (7) and (8), the letters and numerical quantities in the declaration of net quantity, the grade name, the registration number of the registered establishment and the country of origin shall be shown in bold-face type in letters and numerals of not less than the following height:

  1. 1/16 inch (1.6 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is not more than five square inches (32 square centimetres);
  2. ⅛ inch (3.2 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than five square inches (32 square centimetres) but not more than 40 square inches (258 square centimetres);
  3. ¼ inch (6.4 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than 40 square inches (258 square centimetres) but not more than 100 square inches (645 square centimetres);
  4. ⅛ inch (9.5 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than 100 square inches (645 square centimetres) but not more than 400 square inches (25.8 square decimetres); and
  5. ½ inch (12.7 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than 400 square inches (25.8 square decimetres).

(3) Subject to subsection (5), all information required by these Regulations to be shown on the label of produce, other than the information referred to in subsection (2), shall be shown in print that is at least 1.6 mm in height.

(7) Subsection (2) does not apply to washable reusable plastic containers; these will require that the letters and numerical quantities in the declaration of net quantity, grade name, the registration number of the registered establishment and the country of origin be shown in bold face type in letters and numerals of not less than 1/16 inch (1.6 millimetres).

(8) Subsections (2) and (7) do not apply in respect of the declaration of the registration number of the registered establishment when the registration number is clearly marked and prominently affixed to the pallet of produce and where the numerals are shown in bold-face type and are not less than ¾ inch (19.0 millimetres) in height.

Part X
Registration of Establishments and Operation and Maintenance of Registered Establishments
Labelling

63. Every lot of produce conveyed interprovincially from a registered establishment shall have clearly marked and prominently displayed the establishment registration number as shown in Schedule IV

(a) on each prepackaged container, or outer container where a container of produce is packed in another container, or shipping container in accordance with subsection 12. (2), or
(b) on each pallet of produce in the lot in accordance with subsection 12. (8).

Pears

Test Market to introduce new hail requirements for pears amends Schedule I, Part I, Grades and Standards for Pears as follows (bold).

Grades and Standards for Pears

Canada Fancy Grade Standards

67.(1) In addition to meeting the standards for all grades set out in section 65, pears graded Canada Fancy shall:

(d) be free from hail damage that:

(i) has broken the skin and is not well healed, or

(ii) has broken the skin, is well healed, and has caused one skin break larger than 5 mm (3/16 inch) in diameter or depth or has caused more than one skin break larger than 3 mm (⅛ inch) in diameter or depth, or

(iii) has not broken the skin but affects an aggregate area per pear exceeding 13 mm (½ inch) in diameter, or

(iv) has noticeably depressed the affected areas or materially affects the appearance of a pear;

Greenhouse Cucumbers

Test Market to introduce Utility Grade for Greenhouse Cucumbers, amends Schedule I, Part II, Grades and Standards for Greenhouse Cucumbers as follows (bold).

Grades and standards for greenhouse cucumbers

60. The grades and grade names for greenhouse cucumbers are: Canada No. 1, Canada No. 2 and Canada Utility Grade.

Canada Utility Grade

63.1 (1) In addition to meeting the standards for all grades set out in section 61, greenhouse cucumbers graded Canada Utility Grade shall:

a) be clean and free from disease;

b) free from decay; and

c) free from any other damage or defect that seriously affects the appearance, edibility or shipping quality of the cucumbers.

General Tolerances

64.1 In the grading of greenhouse cucumbers, the standards set out in section 63.1 are considered to be met where:

(a) up to 5 per cent by count of the greenhouse cucumbers in a lot inspected at the time of shipping or repacking have defects, including not more than 1 per cent that are affected by decay;

Note: This Test Market does not prescribe minimum size requirements; therefore any size of greenhouse cucumbers marketed under the Canada Utility Grade will be acceptable.

Potatoes

The Test Market, dated December 01, 2008 introducing new requirements to the Potato Grade Standard, as a result of the harmonization initiative, amends Part III and Schedule I, Part II, Grades and standards for potatoes as follows and indicated in bold. Other Test Markets pertaining to the Grades and standards for potatoes are indicated in bold and italics.

Part III

Import and Interprovincial Trade

Import Trade

36. (11) Subject to subsections (11.1) to (13), every lot of potatoes shall meet:

(a) the standards of U.S. Extra No. 1 grade or U.S. No. 1 grade;

(b) with the exception of new potatoes grown in and shipped from the United States on or before September 15 in any year, the requirements of "slightly skinned" as defined in the United States Standards for Grades of Potatoes;

(c) the requirements of "fairly clean" as defined in the United States Standards for Grades of Potatoes; and

(d) the requirements as set out in paragraphs 89(2)(f) and (g) of Part II of Schedule I.

(11.1) Where potatoes have a minimum diameter of less than 57 mm (2 ¼ inches), not more than three per cent by weight of the potatoes in the lot may have less than the minimum diameter required or specified, and not more than ten per cent by weight of the potatoes in the lot may exceed the maximum diameter.

(12) Where potatoes have a minimum diameter of 57 mm (2 ¼ inches) or larger, five per cent by weight of the potatoes in the lot may have less than the minimum diameter required or specified and not more than ten per cent by weight of the potatoes in the lot may exceed the maximum diameter.

(13) New potatoes of a round variety grown in and shipped from the United States on or before September 30 in any year and new potatoes of a long variety grown in and shipped from the United States on or before June 30 in any year, subject to a tolerance of three per cent by weight for undersize potatoes, may have a minimum diameter of 48 mm (1 7/8 inches).

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