Labelling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products
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Edible meat products can be labelled in various ways. This includes labels used in a registered establishment in connection with an edible meat product, bulk containers, breast tags that are applied to poultry carcasses or to the dressed carcass of a domesticated rabbit, or tags other than breast tags that are used to identify meat as edible. All of these labels are subject to the labelling requirements of the MIR. The table below explains the specific labelling requirements depending on the type of packaging.
Note that this table is not an exhaustive list of all of the labelling requirements that apply to meat products. For example, depending on the type of product, an ingredient list or nutrition facts table may also be required.
|Requirement||Labels used in a registered establishment in connection with an edible meat product
|Breast tag applied to a dressed poultry carcass or to the dressed carcass of a domesticated rabbit
|Tags other than breast tags used to identify a meat product as edible
|Common name – Meat and poultry products|
|Net quantity – Meat and poultry products||Except in the case of a meat product prepackaged at a random weight (i.e. catch weight)|
|Operators identity and principal place of business of the registered establishment where the meat product was produced or labelled or the name and address of the person for whom the meat product was produced or labelled, preceded by the words "Prepared for" and "Préparé pour"|
|Meat inspection legend||Except where the bulk container contains a prepackaged meat|
|Durable life date|
|In the case of a dressed carcass from a young chicken or young duck, a portion thereof, that may contain kidneys, the words "May contain kidneys"|
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