Labelling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products
Net Quantity – Meat and Poultry Products

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Prepackaged meat products must be labelled with a net quantity declaration. Information on units of measure, location, legibility and other details can be found in Net Quantity. Note that the MIR requirements for the size of the numerical portion of the net quantity declaration are the same as those described on the Net Quantity page.

Most meat products are required to declare net quantity by weight. Exceptions are summarized below.

Drained Weight

The net quantity of meat products packed in brine or vinegar must be declared by weight exclusive of the free liquid [103(3), MIR]. While a drained weight methodology is used to determine the weight declaration, this declaration should not use the words "drained weight".


The net quantity of the following meat products must be declared by volume [103(4), MIR]:

  • Beans with pork;
  • Infant foods;
  • Junior foods;
  • Soups;
  • Mincemeat.

Random Weight Measurement

Labels for prepackaged edible meat products that are prepared in a registered establishment and prepackaged at a random weight are not required to declare the net quantity [94(1) (b), MIR].

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