Common Name

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The Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA) require a common name on the principal display panel of a food label [B.01.006, FDR; 10, CPLA].


The following foods are exempt from declaring a common name on the label:

  • Fresh fruits or fresh vegetables that are packaged in such a way that they are visible and identifiable in the package [B.01.006 (2), FDR; 32(1), 32(2), CPLR].

    For example, tomatoes packaged in a styrofoam tray that has been over-wrapped with clear plastic wrap do not have to be labelled with the common name "tomatoes".

  • Prepackaged fresh apples or fresh pears packaged in such a way that the name of the variety of the product appears [32(3), CPLR].

    For example, when applicable variety names appear, such as McIntosh, Spartan or Granny Smith for apples and Anjou or Bosc for pears, the common names "apples" and "pears" are not required. This applies to apples and pears in opaque bags, boxes, etc. that would not ordinarily be visible and identifiable in the package, as described in the paragraph above.

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