Labelling Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages
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An alcoholic beverage (definition) is considered to be a beverage containing 1.1% or more alcohol by volume. Alcoholic beverages with prescribed standards in Division 2 of Part B of the Food and Drug Regulations include whisky, rum, gin, brandy, liqueurs and spirituous cordials, vodka, tequila, mezcal, wine, cider and beer. This section addresses labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages both with and without prescribed standards.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to the Food and Drugs Act (FDA), the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA) and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (CPLR). Depending on the type of alcoholic beverage, other federal Acts or Regulations not enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may also apply, such as the Spirit Drinks Trade Act. In addition, provincial and territorial regulations may have labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages that must be met for products sold in that province or territory.

The labelling requirements detailed in the following sections are specific to alcoholic beverages. They are in addition to the core labelling and voluntary claims and statements requirements of the Industry Labelling Tool that apply to all prepackaged foods.

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