Labelling Requirements for Maple Products
Country of Origin – Maple Products
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All maple syrup and maple products packaged in containers with a capacity of less than 5 L and 5 kg respectively, must have a country of origin declaration present on the label [19(1)(e)(iv), MPR].
The statement of geographic origin shall be in English and French, in a minimum type height of 1.6 mm and be shown in letters at least as large as those used in the declaration of the Canadian dealer's principal place of business. It must be located immediately adjacent to the Identity and Principal Place of Business – Maple Products of the responsible party, which may be shown anywhere on the label, except on the bottom [B.01.005, FDR; 6(2), 13, 14, 15, 31(4), CPLR].
Indicating the Country of Origin
When mandatory, the declaration of the country of origin must be a separate declaration. It cannot be part of the name and address of the foreign packer (processor). A proper declaration would be: "Product of United States".
All country names must be written out in full, except for the United States which may be abbreviated to USA as it is recognized worldwide.
Maple Products Prepared in Canada
In the three following situations, the declaration of the country of origin on the final product is optional:
- Canadian Maple Product, Packed in Canada
- Imported Maple Syrup, Processed in Canada Into Maple Product Other Than Maple Syrup (e.g. Maple Sugar)
- Imported and Canadian Maple Syrups, Blended, Graded, Packed and Labelled in Canada
However, when the product is completely made of imported product or contains some imported product (above situations 2 and 3), the imported maple product label must carry a declaration of the country of origin at the time of importation, to comply with section 19 of the MPR.
For maple products prepared in Canada, it is important to avoid misleading information with respect to origin. For more information on "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" declarations, refer to Guidelines for "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" Claims.
Indicating the Province of Origin
Declarations regarding provincial origin of a product (e.g. "Product of Quebec") may be subject to specific provincial regulatory requirements. Please refer to the appropriate provincial authorities to obtain the official and most updated information.
Canadian Maple Products, Packed in a Foreign Country and Re-Imported in Canada
Imported maple products must carry a declaration of the country of origin, as per section 19 of the MPR. However, these products cannot bear the declaration "Product of Canada", even though it was produced in Canada, because it has been packed in a foreign country. In such a case, the following statement on the label would satisfy the country of origin requirement: "Packed in (naming the country) from Canadian Maple Syrup".
Maple Products Wholly Manufactured in a Country Other Than Canada
A product is "wholly manufactured in a country other than Canada" when it has not undergone any processing in Canada and its nature remains the same. Such products must carry a declaration of the country of origin, as per section 19 of the MPR.
Imported Maple Products Graded, Packed and Labelled in Canada
At the time of import, the declaration of the country of origin must be "Product of (Naming the Country)" [e.g. Product of USA], as per section 19 of the MPR. Grading, packaging, and labelling an imported maple product in Canada do not change its nature. Therefore, the product remains "wholly manufactured in a country other than Canada" and the declaration of the country of origin must remain on the label. For example, this declaration can be "Product of USA" or "Packed in Canada from products of USA".
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