Labelling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products
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Meat and poultry products include all products that contain more than 2% poultry or meat. Examples of meat include beef, veal and bison, whereas examples of poultry include chicken and turkey.

The labelling requirements of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 (MIR), and the Livestock and Poultry Carcass Grading Regulations (under the Canada Agricultural Products Act) that are summarized in this section apply to meat products produced in federally registered establishments, as well as to imported meat products. When sold in Canada, these meat products are also subject to the labelling requirements under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA).

This web page also summarizes Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) requirements for meat products that apply to meat produced at both federally registered and non-federally registered establishments.

Meat products destined for intraprovincial trade are subject to the labelling requirements under the FDA and the CPLA. These are summarized in both this page and the core labelling, claims and statements, and food-specific labelling requirement pages of the Industry Labelling Tool. Provincial regulations may also apply to products sold within that province.

The labelling requirements detailed in the following sections are specific to meat and poultry products for human consumption. They are in addition to the core labelling and voluntary claims and statement requirements that apply to all prepackaged foods.

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